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.
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.
Joe Smith hit Max Gagne for a 20-yard gain for a first down at DeKalb's 23, but on the next play Michael Newman intercepted Smith and returned it 70 yards.
The Patriots' longest runs were 13 and 9 yards, and they picked up just three first downs.
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The Ducks faced fourth down, needing seven yards for a first down, at the OSU 38 on the opening play of the second quarter.
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Peter Westley fell head first down the hole that had been dug by KSP Building Contractors during work to build an extension to the home he shares with his parents in Birkenshaw Road, Great Barr, Birmingham Magistrates heard.
Using his data, and the equation, Romer estimated a value in future points of getting a first down at each yard line.
In their first possession a 39-yard pass to Joe Mayberry set them up with a first down on the CWC 29-yard line.