quarterback

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
quar•ter•back /ˈkwɔrtɚˌbæk/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Sport[countable] a back in football who usually lines up immediately behind the center and directs the offense of the team.
  2. Sport[uncountable] the position played by this back.

v. 
  1. to direct the offense of (a team): [+ object]He quarterbacked his team to victory.[no object]He should be quarterbacking again in no time.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
quar•ter•back  (kwôrtər bak′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Sporta back in football who usually lines up immediately behind the center and directs the offense of the team.
  2. Sportthe position played by this back.
  3. a person who leads or directs a group or activity.

v.t. 
  1. to direct the offense of (a team).
  2. to lead or direct:to quarterback a public-relations campaign.

v.i. 
  1. Sportto play the position of quarterback.
  • quarter + back1 1875–80, American.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

quarterback /ˈkwɔːtəˌbæk/ n US Canadian
  1. a player in American or Canadian football, positioned usually behind the centre, who directs attacking play



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