broken-field

[ broh-kuh n-feeld ]
/ ˈbroʊ kənˈfild /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. broken twill weave,
  2. broken water,
  3. broken wind,
  4. broken-check,
  5. broken-down,
  6. broken-hearted,
  7. brokenhearted,
  8. brokenly,
  9. broker,
  10. broker-dealer

Origin of broken-field

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25

broken field

noun

Origin of broken field

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples 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