coffin corner


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coffin corner

n. Football
Either corner of the field formed by the sideline and the defending team's goal line. The ball may be deliberately punted out of bounds in this area, thus forcing the receiving team to play very close to its goal line.
References in classic literature ?
For an instant she thought of the wide turn of the staircase, and the new ivory-white paint that no coffin corner could scar, but presently, the shadow passed in a pure wonder and bewilderment that made her reel.
Indeed, his only notable achievement was to survive the hosts' first-half attempt to drown him as he gathered an Olver kick through in Coffin Corner.
Horrigan, Coffin Corner, The True Story of Kenneth Horrigan, World War II POW in Stalag 17B
Old punters never die, they just go to the coffin corner.
Articles covering individual teams of the early era include: Bob Braunwart and Bob Carroll, "Columbus Panhandles," The Coffin Corner 1 (October 1979): 1-7; idem.