broken field


noun

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Origin of broken field

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900

Definition for broken field (2 of 2)

broken-field
[ broh-kuhn-feeld ]
/ ˈbroʊ kənˈfild /

adjective Football.

performed, as by a ball-carrier, in a wide-open area covered by few defensive players, as opposed to the heavily trafficked area near the line of scrimmage.

Origin of broken-field

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25
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Example sentences from the Web for broken field

  • The left half, Cox, was a broken-field runner of renown as well as Claflin's best goal-kicker.

    Left Guard Gilbert|Ralph Henry Barbour