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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Contemporary Examples of touchback

Historical Examples of touchback

  • But the Boxford boy was on the ball and had scored a touchback!

    Deering of Deal

    Latta Griswold

  • He might have played it safe by taking it over the line for a touchback, but the idea didnt occur to him.

    Center Rush Rowland

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • She punted on the next down and Stone misjudged the ball and followed it across the line for a touchback.

    Quarter-Back Bates

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • Carmine finally fell on the ball for a touchback and the excitement in the stands subsided.

    Left Guard Gilbert

    Ralph Henry Barbour

British Dictionary definitions for touchback



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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