- the action that takes place between the teams from the moment the ball is snapped until it is declared dead.Compare line of scrimmage.
- a practice session or informal game, as that played between two units of the same team.
Origin of scrimmage
OTHER WORDS FROM scrimmagescrim·mag·er, noun
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How to use scrimmage in a sentence
He was also instrumental in shutting down Clemson running back Travis Etienne, who managed 96 yards from scrimmage and a three-yard touchdown in the Sugar Bowl.Here’s how Ohio State upsets Alabama and wins the national title|Neil Greenberg|January 11, 2021|Washington Post
Brady attempted seven passes more than 20 yards past the line of scrimmage and completed four of them.What to know from NFL playoffs first round: Lamar Jackson wins and Tom Brady finds a way|Adam Kilgore|January 11, 2021|Washington Post
On the game’s first play from scrimmage, from the Pittsburgh 22, a bad snap went over the head of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and rolled back toward his end zone.Browns shake off their history, secure first playoff win since 1995|Adam Kilgore, Des Bieler|January 11, 2021|Washington Post
Laviolette and his staff started to meet with players after the scrimmage Sunday night regarding roster cuts.Five takeaways from the Capitals’ final scrimmage of training camp|Samantha Pell|January 11, 2021|Washington Post
Among that group, only Dalvin Cook and David Montgomery produced more yards from scrimmage than Jones.
One of them, Troy Jones, a 19-year-old aspiring photojournalist, remembered Brown from the scrimmage line.'Go Ahead and Shoot Me': The Veteran Who Defied Ferguson's Cops|Justin Glawe|August 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The real line of scrimmage in American politics is the economy.Government Shutdown Melodrama Won’t Matter on Election Day 2016|Stuart Stevens|September 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
After the scrimmage, Bustin said Lloyd was “in good spirits and everything seemed to be fine … A lot of the guys go out,” he said.
“He was mentoring a younger guy in the scrimmage about technique you should use,” he said.
Theres nothing like a really good scrimmage to make a fellow sure that hes alive, and glad of it.
A rush—a fine scrimmage—a chance for the goal—life in doing—that was better than any printed page.
A foot-ball scrimmage under the old rules was nothing to it.The Head Hunters of Northern Luzon From Ifugao to Kalinga|Cornelis De Witt Willcox
You, as a woman, have no such duty; nay, it's your positive duty to keep out of the beastly scrimmage.'In the Year of Jubilee|George Gissing
We have carried our colors on to victory in many a mad scrimmage, but never have we done a better job than we did this day.Frank Merriwell's Races|Burt L. Standish