line of scrimmage
Date: circa 1909 an imaginary line in football that is parallel to the goal lines and tangent to the nose of the ball laid on the ground and marks the position of the ball at the start of each down

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • line of scrimmage — {n. phr.} An imaginary line on a football field parallel to the goal lines where each play except the kickoff begins. * /The play was stopped at the line of scrimmage./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • line of scrimmage — {n. phr.} An imaginary line on a football field parallel to the goal lines where each play except the kickoff begins. * /The play was stopped at the line of scrimmage./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • line\ of\ scrimmage — n. phr. An imaginary line on a football field parallel to the goal lines where each play except the kickoff begins. The play was stopped at the line of scrimmage …   Словарь американских идиом

  • line of scrimmage — line′ of scrim′mage n. spo an imaginary line on a football field, parallel to the goal lines, along which opposing teams face each other at the beginning of each play • Etymology: 1905–10 …   From formal English to slang

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