Definition of linesman in English:



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

    • ‘Questions must be asked on Sunday about the constant interference by umpires and linesmen during the course of the game.’
    • ‘Although the referee ruled that he had got the ball down, the linesman - who was further away - gave a double movement.’
    • ‘I can understand how the referee didn't spot it, but the linesman must just have been asleep.’
    • ‘Drury went down under Muirhead's tackle from behind and after some frantic flag-waving from the linesman, the referee gave the penalty.’
    • ‘The linesmen check the goal nets which are full of holes, much as you'd expect, and the teams huddle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Penalties are converted to an honor system, as in golf, allowing the NHL to save money by firing all the referees and linesmen.’
    • ‘Looking ahead at the coming quarter-final games, Blatter said linesmen should follow the ‘in doubt don't raise the flag’ rule.’
    • ‘Under advice from the linesman, the referee awards a free-kick to AC Milan about 40 yards out for no apparent reason.’
    • ‘Both referee Dunn and his linesman missed the contact and Henry was furious.’
    • ‘Soccer fans have long complained of shocking officiating by referees and linesmen, raising suspicions of match fixing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The linesman says the ball had earlier gone out of play, which is frankly tosh.’
    • ‘But as he gallops towards the Aussie goal with the ball at his feet, the linesman waves his flag.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was offside, says the linesman, and for once in this tournament, the replay agrees.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    referee, linesman, referee's assistant, assistant referee, judge, line judge, adjudicator, arbitrator, arbiter, moderator, overseer, supervisor
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