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linesman

[ lahynz-muhn ]
/ ˈlaɪnz mən /
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noun, plural lines·men.

Sports.
  1. an official, as in tennis and soccer, who assists the referee.
  2. Football. an official who marks the distances gained and lost in the progress of play and otherwise assists the referee and field judge.
  3. Ice Hockey. either of two officials who assist the referee by watching for icing, offside, and substitution violations and fouls and by conducting face-offs.

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Origin of linesman

First recorded in 1855–60; line1 + 's1 + -man
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British Dictionary definitions for linesman

linesman
/ (ˈlaɪnzmən) /

noun plural -men

an official who helps the referee or umpire in various sports, esp by indicating when the ball has gone out of play
mainly British a person who installs, maintains, or repairs telephone or electric-power linesUS and Canadian name: lineman
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