I. noun Date: 1879 1. an offensive back in football who usually lines up behind the center, calls the signals, and directs the offensive play of the team 2. one who directs and leads II. verb Date: 1944 transitive verb 1. to direct the offensive play of (as a football team) 2. to give executive direction to ; boss <
quarterbacked the original buying syndicate — Time
intransitive verb to play quarterback

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