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hash mark

  1. a service stripe.
  2. the symbol #.
Football. the marking formed by either inbounds line intersecting with one of the lines delineating yardage between the goal lines.
Origin of hash mark
First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The pound sign, an "L" with a hash mark derived from the word Libra, which meant weighing scales.

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hash mark

noun phrase

  1. A service stripe, worn on the sleeve of a military uniform to mark each four-year period of service: the voice of a subaltern of God, hashmarks running down his arm for a thousand miles (1909+ Armed forces)
  2. An inbounds line marker used to help fix the point where the ball is put in play, and spaced one yard from the next mark (1960s+ Football)

[military sense apparently fr the number of years one has had free food from the Army]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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