football
noun Date: 15th century 1. any of several games played between two teams on a rectangular field having two goalposts at each end and whose object is to get the ball over a goal line or between goalposts by running, passing, or kicking: as a. British soccer b. British rugby c. an American game played between two teams of 11 players each in which the ball is in possession of one side at a time and is advanced by running or passing d. Australian Australian Rules football e. Canada Canadian football 2. a. an inflated oval ball used in the game of football b. British a soccer ball 3. something treated roughly especially as the subject of a prolonged dispute <
the issue became a political football in Congress
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footballer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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