first down
noun Date: circa 1897 1. the first of a series of usually four downs in which a football team must net a 10-yard gain to retain possession of the ball 2. a gain of a total of 10 or more yards within usually four downs giving the team the right to start a new series of downs

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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