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2017 Word of the Year

running back

noun, Football.
1.
an offensive back, as a halfback or fullback, whose principal role is advancing the ball by running with it on plays from scrimmage.
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  • Men were running back and forth across the street––after Brown, he surmised.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • His mind is retreating, running back to some other delusions.

    The Dark Door Alan Edward Nourse
  • While talking, the three boys had been running back to the garage.

    Dave Porter in the Gold Fields Edward Stratemeyer
  • There is nothing to prevent her from coming about and running back to Jacksonville.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • Our army cut 'em to pieces and sent 'em running back to their base!

    The Destroyers Gordon Randall Garrett

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