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/ ˈfʊtˌbɔl /
a game in which two opposing teams of 11 players each defend goals at opposite ends of a field having goal posts at each end, with points being scored chiefly by carrying the ball across the opponent's goal line and by place-kicking or drop-kicking the ball over the crossbar between the opponent's goal posts.Compare conversion(def 13), field goal(def 1), safety(def 6), touchdown.
the ball used in this game, an inflated oval with a bladder contained in a casing usually made of leather.
Chiefly British. Rugby(def 3).
Chiefly British. soccer.
something sold at a reduced or special price.
any person or thing treated roughly or tossed about: They're making a political football of this issue.
(initial capital letter) U.S. Government Slang. a briefcase containing the codes and options the president would use to launch a nuclear attack, carried by a military aide and kept available to the president at all times.
verb (used with object)
Informal. to offer for sale at a reduced or special price.
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Example sentences from the Web for footballing
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His footballing tie, with his college arms embroidered upon it, flapped gently in the breeze.Once a Week|Alan Alexander Milne
British Dictionary definitions for footballing
/ (ˈfʊtˌbɔːl) /
- any of various games played with a round or oval ball and usually based on two teams competing to kick, head, carry, or otherwise propel the ball into each other's goal, territory, etcSee association football, rugby, Australian Rules, American football, Gaelic football
- (as modifier)a football ground; a football supporter
the ball used in any of these games or their variants
a problem, issue, etc, that is continually passed from one group or person to another and treated as a pretext for argument instead of being resolvedhe accused the government of using the strike as a political football
Derived forms of footballfootballer, noun
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