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halfback

[ haf-bak, hahf- ]
/ ˈhæfˌbæk, ˈhɑf- /
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noun
Football.
  1. one of two backs who typically line up on each side of the fullback.
  2. the position played by such a back.
(in soccer, Rugby, field hockey, etc.) a player stationed near the forward line to carry out chiefly offensive duties.

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Origin of halfback

First recorded in 1880–85; half + back1
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British Dictionary definitions for halfback

halfback
/ (ˈhɑːfˌbæk) /

noun
rugby either the scrum half or the stand-off half
soccer old-fashioned any of three players positioned behind the line of forwards and in front of the fullbacks
any of certain similar players in other team sports
the position of a player who is halfback
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