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[tuhch-bak] /ˈtʌtʃˌbæk/
noun, Football.
a play in which the ball is downed after having been kicked into the end zone by the opposing team or having been recovered or intercepted there, or in which it has been kicked beyond the end zone.
Compare safety (def 6a).
Origin of touchback
First recorded in 1885-90; touch + back2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Carmine finally fell on the ball for a touchback and the excitement in the stands subsided.

    Left Guard Gilbert Ralph Henry Barbour
  • He might have played it safe by taking it over the line for a touchback, but the idea didnt occur to him.

    Center Rush Rowland Ralph Henry Barbour
  • But the Boxford boy was on the ball and had scored a touchback!

    Deering of Deal Latta Griswold
  • She punted on the next down and Stone misjudged the ball and followed it across the line for a touchback.

    Quarter-Back Bates Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for touchback


(American football) a play in which the ball is put down by a player behind his own goal line when the ball has been put across the goal line by an opponent Compare safety (sense 4b)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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