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dead-ball line

[ded-bawl]
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noun Rugby.
  1. the line at each end of the field parallel to and not over 25 yards (23 meters) behind the goal line.
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Origin of dead-ball line

First recorded in 1890–95
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British Dictionary definitions for dead-ball line

dead-ball line

noun
  1. rugby a line not more than 22 metres behind the goal line at each end of the field beyond which the ball is out of play
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