Definition of linesman in English:



  • 1(in games played on a field or court) an official who assists the referee or umpire from the touchline, especially in deciding whether the ball is out of play.

    • ‘Soccer fans have long complained of shocking officiating by referees and linesmen, raising suspicions of match fixing.’
    • ‘Looking ahead at the coming quarter-final games, Blatter said linesmen should follow the ‘in doubt don't raise the flag’ rule.’
    • ‘Penalties are converted to an honor system, as in golf, allowing the NHL to save money by firing all the referees and linesmen.’
    • ‘The referee overruled the linesman and disallowed the goal leading to protests which halted the game for several minutes.’
    • ‘Gerrard's just been fouled making for the penalty area, but the referee and the linesman are having none of it.’
    • ‘Both referee Dunn and his linesman missed the contact and Henry was furious.’
    • ‘The experienced official calmly walked over to his far side linesman and consulted him before pointing to the half-way line and sending the Dundee fans into raptures.’
    • ‘Drury went down under Muirhead's tackle from behind and after some frantic flag-waving from the linesman, the referee gave the penalty.’
    • ‘He was offside, says the linesman, and for once in this tournament, the replay agrees.’
    • ‘The linesman says the ball had earlier gone out of play, which is frankly tosh.’
    • ‘The linesmen check the goal nets which are full of holes, much as you'd expect, and the teams huddle.’
    • ‘Fifa must also ditch their policy of having referees and linesmen from all over the world officiating in the World Cup as some imagined nod to the democratization of the world game.’
    • ‘Berbatov gets one foot inside the penalty area before losing the ball, and even the linesmen are beginning to take crafty peeks at their watches.’
    • ‘Although the referee ruled that he had got the ball down, the linesman - who was further away - gave a double movement.’
    • ‘As the referee arrived for the final without umpires or linesmen, the game was played out with three recruited umpires and no linesmen at all as neither side provided one.’
    • ‘Just as expansion introduced the question of where the additional players were going to come from, the league's growth to 30 teams has added to the number of referees and linesmen needed.’
    • ‘Under advice from the linesman, the referee awards a free-kick to AC Milan about 40 yards out for no apparent reason.’
    • ‘I can understand how the referee didn't spot it, but the linesman must just have been asleep.’
    • ‘Questions must be asked on Sunday about the constant interference by umpires and linesmen during the course of the game.’
    • ‘But as he gallops towards the Aussie goal with the ball at his feet, the linesman waves his flag.’
    referee, linesman, referee's assistant, assistant referee, judge, line judge, adjudicator, arbitrator, arbiter, moderator, overseer, supervisor
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  • 2British A person employed for the repair and maintenance of telephone or electricity power lines.

    • ‘In 1881 while working as a telegraph linesman, he married Mary Ann Bralla, an eighteen year old girl from Blinman.’
    • ‘From the private hall a flight of stairs led to the upper floor, where there were rooms for the postmaster, stores, telegraph linesmen, postmen, and the female clerks.’
    • ‘My name's Betty Pearce and my dad was the son of a white man named Tom Williams, who was a linesman for the telegraph line.’
    • ‘At one point the linesman was the busiest man in the ground waving his flag furiously every few minutes.’
    • ‘The linesmen are concerned about the danger of working with electricity in rainy conditions and warned that the wet weather gear supplied by the company is inadequate and dangerous.’
    • ‘As old timers say, one can draw a rough comparison between some of the linesmen of the telephones department and the average English-speaking executive at the cellular service provider's call centre.’
    • ‘More than 600 linesmen and maintenance workers in South Australia will walk off the job on March 11 for four days.’
    • ‘Or: why all linesmen have funny running techniques and sport outdated hairstyles, and why their pre-match warm-ups provide the best comedy viewing of the weekend.’
    • ‘Quite strangely, the telephone linesmen are hard at work, repairing all the lines and replacing broken posts that lead to the very edge of the sea.’
    • ‘With downed power lines in three states, more than 3,000 electrical linesmen and contractors from utilities all over the country are on the way.’
    • ‘I doubt health care workers, telephone linesmen, or auto painters have the same kind of increased mortality risk, but this bill lumps them all in together.’