- a run made by a player toward the goal line of the opponents after receiving a kick, intercepting a pass, or recovering an opponent's fumble.
- the distance covered in making such a run.
- Tennis. the space on a tennis court between the base line and the backstop.
Origin of runback
First recorded in 1905–10; noun use of verb phrase run back
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Examples from the Web for runback
Until these ewes have all found their lambs there is danger of a "runback" should you leave them.Total Per Cent Lambing Rules