One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A line marking the back of something, especially the area of play in a game.
- ‘He rallied once again and managed to score next, through a teammate, who broke through the backline to score under the posts.’
- ‘Thereafter, he retreated to the Celtic backline.’
- ‘The Christ Church player, whose pace carried him behind the backline, stumbled as he stooped to finish, bumping the ball out.’
- ‘The spacedock, however, was built to operate on the backlines of battle, and was thus suitably equipped.’
- ‘Two minutes later a long ball sailed over the backline.’
- ‘It is intended that the fence is provided in a neat line along the backline of the pathway and that the grass area behind the fence will be restored so that it is a well maintained flat grassed area.’
- ‘Saints, indeed, indulged in a spot of showboating, knocking the ball around their backline repeatedly, drawing the customary ole's from their fans.’
- ‘Then he finished off a lovely backline break.’
- 1.1Rugby The players lined out across the field behind a scrum or line-out.
- ‘Strong, commanding and no-nonsense, he is the type of player you build a backline around.’
- ‘On the field, Michael was a very level-headed player who controlled our backline, one of our top marking defenders, and was a tremendous contributor to the team at all levels.’
- ‘In the 80th minute of the match, England needed something special from their backline.’
- ‘A backline of young, emerging players struggled to capitalise on a strong forward platform, and the home team showed strength in both scrum and lineout.’
- ‘They have excellence in all areas of the pitch - their backline has some world-class players - but if they play to type then you'll see a lot more of their forwards than their backs.’
2The amplifiers used by a popular music group for guitars and other instruments, typically placed across the back of the stage.
- ‘Often, except for guitars and a few other essentials, the band relies on the fulfillment of their tech rider for backline instruments, and house and monitor systems.’
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