quarterback

[ kwawr-ter-bak ]
/ ˈkwɔr tərˌbæk /

noun

a back in football who usually lines up immediately behind the center and directs the offense of the team.
the position played by this back.
a person who leads or directs a group or activity.

verb (used with object)

to direct the offense of (a team).
to lead or direct: to quarterback a public-relations campaign.

verb (used without object)

to play the position of quarterback.

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Origin of quarterback

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80; quarter + back1
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British Dictionary definitions for quarterback

quarterback
/ (ˈkwɔːtəˌbæk) /

noun US and Canadian

a player in American or Canadian football, positioned usually behind the centre, who directs attacking play
Monday-morning quarterbacking wisdom after the event, esp by spectators
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