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  1. Football.

    • 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.

  2. 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

Words Nearby runback Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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