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lateral pass

noun, Football.
a short pass thrown or tossed parallel to the line of scrimmage or slightly backward from the position of the passer.
Origin of lateral pass
First recorded in 1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The third, almost a lateral pass, was good for a gain of five yards.

    Red Dynamite Roy J. Snell
  • Phillipsburg made use of both the bunch and the one-man pass and used a lateral pass as well.

    Quarter-Back Bates Ralph Henry Barbour
  • I explained our defence for the big shift and told him about a lateral pass and about this two-over.

    Quarter-Back Bates Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The boy tossed a lateral pass to Rick, who tucked the package under his arm.

    The Egyptian Cat Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin

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