[ tuhch-bak ]
/ ˈtʌtʃˌbæk /

noun Football.

a play in which the ball is downed after having been kicked into the end zone by the opposing team or having been recovered or intercepted there, or in which it has been kicked beyond the end zone.Compare safety(def 6a).

Origin of touchback

First recorded in 1885–90; touch + back2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for touchback


/ (ˈtʌtʃˌbæk) /


American football a play in which the ball is put down by a player behind his own goal line when the ball has been put across the goal line by an opponentCompare safety (def. 4b)
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