Definition of broken-field in English:



American Football
  • 1Relating to or occurring in the area beyond the line of scrimmage where defenders are relatively scattered.

    ‘a broken-field run’
    • ‘I though our pivots were sensational and our broken-field running unbelievable.’
    • ‘The passage describes the climactic moment in a football game, just as the halfback is breaking away for a long, broken-field run.’
    • ‘Chris Paterson's qualities, to my mind, have always been best shown in broken-field play and to date he has failed to dominate in most of his outings in the pivotal position of 10.’
    • ‘That's a left-wing all-star team, validating Specter's long career as a political broken-field runner.’
    • ‘On the first drive, a 41-yard broken-field run put the ball at the Penn 29.’
    1. 1.1informal (of a movement) with starts, stops, and changes of direction, in the manner of a broken-field ball carrier.
      ‘a broken-field chase’
      • ‘He then led police on a nifty broken-field run for several minutes before being cuffed and taken downtown for booking.’
      • ‘One key arrest comes after a manic broken-field chase through the pushcarts and costermongers of New York's Fulton Fish Market.’
      • ‘He almost had his helmet ripped from his head at third, and he sent one overzealous fan sprawling during his broken-field run toward the plate.’