Meaning of “fullback” in the English Dictionary

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"fullback" in English

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fullbacknoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfʊl.bæk/ us /ˈfʊl.bæk/

Examples from literature

  • Alex grew in stature and in stamina and when he was captain he was regarded as one of the most brilliant fullbacks that the game had ever known. 
  • As fullback he outplayed every fullback opposed to him and stands in the judgment of all observers second only to Brooke of Pennsylvania. 
  • But St. John's did score, by a series of furious centre rushes, and their fullback kicked the goal. 
  • Off I went like a flash through the line, past the backs and fullbacks, only to be over-taken within a few yards of the goal. 

(Definition of “fullback” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fullback" in American English

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fullbacknoun [ C ]

us /ˈfʊlˌbæk/

a player in some games who plays near the goal and tries to prevent the other team from scoring

In American football, a fullback sometimes catches the ball and runs with it to score a goal.

(Definition of “fullback” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)