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noun Rugby, Soccer.
  1. any of the outer lines bordering the playing field.

Origin of touchline

First recorded in 1545–55; touch + line1
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Examples from the Web for touchline

Historical Examples

  • The half-holiday must not be spent in shivering on a touchline and then crowding round a fire.

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British Dictionary definitions for touchline


  1. either of the lines marking the side of the playing area in certain games, such as rugby
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