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taxi squad

noun, Football.
(formerly) a group of players under contract to and practicing with a professional team who are not on the team's roster as playing members and therefore are ineligible to play in official games.
the four extra players on a professional football team's roster who are not allowed to suit up for an official game but who are ready to join the team at any time to replace injured or unsuccessful players.
Origin of taxi squad
An Americanism dating back to 1945-50
Related forms
taxi-squad, adjective
taxi-squadder, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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taxi squad

noun phrase

A group of professional football players who are not officially members of a team, although they may be paid to be available as a reserve

[1966+ Football; fr the fact that a former owner of the Cleveland Browns would give such players jobs with his taxicab company to support them and keep them available]

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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