Definitions for halfbackˈhæfˌbæk, ˈhɑf-

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  1. halfback(noun)

    (football) the running back who plays the offensive halfback position

  2. halfback(noun)

    (American football) the position of a back on a football team

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  1. halfback(n.)

    The position of either of two players on a football team who typically begins each play behind the line and on either side of the quarterback.

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  1. halfback(Noun)

    A position in field hockey, with both offensive and defensive roles.

  2. halfback(Noun)

    An offensive back whose primary jobs are to carry the ball on running plays and to serve as a receiver or blocker on passing plays.

  3. halfback(Noun)

    A defensive back whose primary jobs are to cover the slotback on passing plays and prevent running plays from going to the outside.

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  1. Halfback

    A halfback, sometimes referred to as a tailback, is an offensive position in American football, which lines up in the backfield and generally is responsible for carrying the ball on running plays. Historically, from the 1870s through the 1950s, the halfback position was both an offensive and defensive position. In the related sport of Canadian football, halfback is a defensive rather than offensive position.


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