- to direct the offense of (a team).
- to lead or direct: to quarterback a public-relations campaign.
- to play the position of quarterback.
Origin of quarterback
Examples from the Web for quarterbacking
- 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
Word Origin and History for quarterbacking
in U.S. football, 1876, from quarter (n.) + back (n.); so called from his position on the field at the start of play, between the halfback and the center. As a verb from 1945. Figurative sense from 1952. Monday morning quarterback is 1932 (n.), 1972 (v.); originally pro football player slang for sportswriters (U.S. professional football games typically are played on Sundays).