- a pass in which the ball is thrown in the direction of advance toward the opponent's goal.
Origin of forward pass
First recorded in 1900–05
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Examples from the Web for forward pass
If a forward-pass develops on his side his place is under the ball.
Dannis had intercepted a forward-pass just behind his line and zigzagged to the enemys thirty-eight.
Then Parkinson electrified the watchers by pulling off a forward-pass, Wirt to Price, that covered nearly thirty-five yards.
Only once did she try a forward-pass, and then it was a short one over the middle of the line that gained her eight yards.
A forward-pass, Trask to Scoville, added twelve, Scoville being downed where he caught.
- rugby an illegal pass towards the opponent's dead-ball lineAlso called: throw-forward
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