goal line

noun Sports.

the line that bounds a goal, especially the front line.

Origin of goal line

First recorded in 1865–70
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Examples from the Web for goal line

Historical Examples of goal line

  • On the fourth exchange of kicks he stood on his own goal-line.

    Stover at Yale

    Owen Johnson

  • The goal-line was plain before him now; ten yards only remained.

    The Arrival of Jimpson

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • To kick off when the ball has been sent behind the goal-line by one of his opponents.

  • Back of Hillton, less than eight yards away, lay the goal-line.

    The Half-Back

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • The coaches want a team that can carry the ball over the goal-line, not one that can boot it over the cross-bar.

British Dictionary definitions for goal line

goal line


sport the line marking each end of the pitch, on which the goals stand
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