dead-ball line

[ ded-bawl ]
/ ˈdɛdˌbɔl /

noun Rugby.

the line at each end of the field parallel to and not over 25 yards (23 meters) behind the goal line.

Nearby words

  1. dead wood,
  2. dead zone,
  3. dead, book of the,
  4. dead-air space,
  5. dead-and-alive,
  6. dead-beat,
  7. dead-cat bounce,
  8. dead-end,
  9. dead-end host,
  10. dead-man's fingers

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

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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