first down


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first down

n. Football
1. The first in the series of four downs in which an offensive team must advance ten yards to retain possession of the ball.
2. A gain of ten or more yards entitling the offensive team to a new series of downs.
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I made a little spring and the straw slipped from under my feet and there I was going head first down from the loft.
That was what told me he was Dick Moore when I saw him first down in Cuby.
Mademoiselle Noemie buttoned her furred jacket and pushed back her chair, casting a glance charged with the consciousness of an expensive appearance first down over her flounces and then up at Newman.
The Ducks faced fourth down, needing seven yards for a first down, at the OSU 38 on the opening play of the second quarter.
Jobe, President & CEO of First Down Mobile, LLC.
Teams were able to overcome the Ravens' aggressive defensive tactics by throwing on first down.
This gives the pitcher the advantage of being able to take some risk with his next pitch, just as having success on first down plays in football affords Kelly the opportunity of either continuing to pound away inside, or take the game airborne and watch the fun.
Defensive thinking and strategy should be to limit the opponent to no more than one first down.
KEY PLAYS: Pettigrew 12 pass from Robinson for first down at OSU 12.