One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person or thing positioned on the flank of something.
- ‘The team skipper led by example at full-back, while her flankers kept their respective markers off the scoreboard.’
- ‘Guo moved forward into the clearing, her flankers on either side.’
- ‘Your flankers will keep the foe from dodging your blows.’
- 1.1Rugby another term for wing forward
- ‘There will be tremendous interest in seeing how our two flying flankers go.’
- ‘The Dublin-based flanker received 21 stitches in a facial wound in an accidental collision with a Shannon player.’
- ‘Sadly, the flanker rolled on to his shoulder in the tackle and was left with a dislocation of the joint.’
- ‘Since then, honours have been piled upon the hot flanker's trammelled head.’
- ‘The flanker missed the league match against Leinster because of a family wedding.’
- 1.2American Football An offensive back who is positioned to the outside of an end.
- ‘The tight end and flanker line up in the normal spots on the three-receiver side.’
- ‘Knapp wants to make Price the flanker in his offense.’
- ‘He is also athletic enough to have played both ways at college football's highest level, starting at flanker on a national championship team.’
- ‘At Georgia, he had started at flanker, tailback, quarterback, and split end, and also had handled punt and kickoff return duties.’
- ‘The plan is for Rogers to be the flanker with Williams using his speed on the backside to get downfield and make big plays.’
- 1.3Military A fortification guarding or menacing the side of a force or position.
- ‘It has four flankers which have a covered communication with each other, and are mounted with good guns.’
- ‘The 23rd Light Dragoons, raised in 1781, armed its flankers with small, short blunderbusses with elliptical muzzles referred to as musketoons.’
2British dated, informal A trick or swindle.‘he's certainly pulled a flanker on the army’stratagem, ploy, ruse, scheme, device, move, manoeuvre, contrivance, machination, expedient, artifice, wile, dodgeView synonyms
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