scrimmage
I. noun Etymology: Middle English scrymmage, alteration of skyrmissh skirmish Date: 15th century 1. a. a minor battle ; skirmish b. a confused fight ; scuffle 2. a. the interplay between two football teams that begins with the snap of the ball and continues until the ball is dead b. practice play (as in football or basketball) between two squads II. verb (scrimmaged; scrimmaging) Date: circa 1825 intransitive verb to take part in a scrimmage transitive verb to play a scrimmage against • scrimmager noun

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  • scrimmage — [skrim′ij] n. [altered < SKIRMISH] 1. a rough and tumble fight; tussle; confused struggle ☆ 2. Football a) short for LINE OF SCRIMMAGE b) play that begins with the snap from center, with both teams positioned on the line of scrimmage 3 …   English World dictionary

  • scrimmage — scrimmage, scrummage Scrimmage is the more general word for ‘a rough struggle or brawl’ and is a technical term in American football, whereas scrummage (more usually shortened to scrum) is the term used in rugby football …   Modern English usage

  • scrimmage — ► NOUN 1) a confused struggle or fight. 2) American Football a sequence of play beginning with the placing of the ball on the ground with its longest axis at right angles to the goal line. ► VERB American Football ▪ engage in a scrimmage. ORIGIN… …   English terms dictionary

  • Scrimmage — Scrim mage (?; 48), n. [A corruption of skirmish. Sore scrymmishe. Ld. Berners.] [Written also {scrummage}.] 1. Formerly, a skirmish; now, a general row or confused fight or struggle. [1913 Webster] 2. (Football) The struggle in the rush lines… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scrimmage — index affray, brawl (noun), brawl (verb), fight (battle), fray, struggle Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • scrimmage — late 15c., alteration of SKIRMISH (Cf. skirmish). The verb is recorded from 1825. Related: Scrimmaged; scrimmaging. Meaning in rugby and U.S. football dates from 1857, originally a confused struggle between players …   Etymology dictionary

  • Scrimmage — A scrimmage is a sports contest engaged in for practice purposes. Scrimmage may also refer to:* Exhibition game, informal match between two competitors which does not go on record * Line of scrimmage, in American football and related games *… …   Wikipedia

  • scrimmage — scrimmager, n. /skrim ij/, n., v., scrimmaged, scrimmaging. n. 1. a rough or vigorous struggle. 2. Football. a. the action that takes place between the teams from the moment the ball is snapped until it is declared dead. Cf. line of scrimmage. b …   Universalium

  • scrimmage — noun 1》 a confused struggle or fight. 2》 American Football a sequence of play beginning with the placing of the ball on the ground with its longest axis at right angles to the goal line. verb American Football engage in a scrimmage. ↘put (the… …   English new terms dictionary

  • scrimmage — UK [ˈskrɪmɪdʒ] / US noun [countable] Word forms scrimmage : singular scrimmage plural scrimmages informal a fight …   English dictionary

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