tailback
noun Date: 1930 1. the offensive football back farthest from the line of scrimmage 2. British a line of vehicles caused by a traffic slowdown or stoppage

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  • tailback — ► NOUN Brit. ▪ a long queue of traffic extending back from a junction or obstruction …   English terms dictionary

  • tailback — ☆ tailback [tāl′bak΄ ] n. Football the running back farthest from the line of scrimmage, positioned directly behind the center …   English World dictionary

  • tailback — UK [ˈteɪlˌbæk] / US noun [countable] Word forms tailback : singular tailback plural tailbacks British a long line of traffic that is moving very slowly or not moving at all …   English dictionary

  • tailback — tail|back [ˈteılbæk] n 1.) BrE a line of traffic that is moving very slowly or not moving at all ▪ a five mile tailback on the M25 2.) AmE the player who is the furthest back from the front line in American football …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tailback — [[t]te͟ɪlbæk[/t]] tailbacks N COUNT A tailback is a long line of traffic stretching back along a road, which moves very slowly or not at all, for example because of road works or an accident. [BRIT] The flooding led to six mile tailbacks between… …   English dictionary

  • tailback — n. player who is stationed farthest behind the scrimmage line; position played by the tailback (Football); long line of traffic that stretches back from an intersection or other obstacle (British) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tailback — noun (C) BrE a line of traffic that is moving very slowly or not moving at all: a five mile tailback on the M25 …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Tailback — Die Position der Runningbacks in der I Formation, vorne Full , hinten Halfback Runningback der Air Force. Der Runningback (RB) ist eine Spielposition in der Offensivmannschaft beim …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • tailback — /tayl bak /, n. Football. 1. the offensive back who lines up farthest behind the line of scrimmage, as in a single wingback or double wingback formation. 2. the position played by this back. [1935 40; TAIL1 + BACK1] * * * …   Universalium

  • tailback — noun A line of motor vehicles caught up in traffic congestion; a traffic jam …   Wiktionary

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