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- The ball just skittered around in the backfield like a puck on ice —Jonathan Valin
- The ball peeled his head like an onion —Ken Stabler and Barry Stainback
- Both players bounce up like toys —Richard Ford
- My teammates were cringing in the huddle, like those scurvy hounds who live off garbage at county landfill projects —Pat Conroy
- Passes faltered and tumbled like wounded ducks —James Crumley
- Passes swerved like a diving duck —Y. A. Tittle, New York Giants quarterback, New York Times, January 12, 1987
Tittle’s simile dates back to 1962 when his team won the playoff game for the National Football League championship.
- Pro football is like nuclear warfare. There are no winners, only survivors —Frank Gifford, Sports Illustrated, June 4, 1960
- [Gary Anderson of the Miami Dolphins] runs like a locomotive —Craig James, Anderson’s teammate, New York Times/Sports of the Times, September 10, 1986
- Some of them [professional players] always look like brooding Pillsbury Doughboys and some of them look wizened from the start, middle-aged and beaten down, as if they’d never known what it was like to be young —Jonathan Valin
- To me football is like a day off. I grew up picking cotton on my daddy’s farm and nobody asked for your autograph or put your name in the paper for that —Lee Roy Jordan
- Treated his players as if he had bought them at auction with a ring in their noses and was trying not to notice they smelled bad —Jim Murray, about football coach Paul Brown, Los Angeles Herald, 1986
- [Football] uniforms … heavy as mattresses —Lael Tucker Wertenbaker
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- When you hit that line, it gave like a sponge, and when you tackled that big long Swede, he went down like he’d been hit by lightning —Sinclair Lewis
- Without a network outlet, football will disappear like cigar smoke in the wind —Harvey Meyerson, summation at NFL-USFL trial, 1986
In Britain, football is a game played between two teams who kick a round ball around a field in an attempt to score goals. In America, this game is called soccer.
In North America, football is a game played between two teams who throw or run with an oval ball in an attempt to score points. In Britain, this game is called American football.
In Britain, two teams play a football match. In America, they play a football game.
|Noun||1.||football - any of various games played with a ball (round or oval) in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other's goal|
punting, punt - (football) a kick in which the football is dropped from the hands and kicked before it touches the ground; "the punt traveled 50 yards"; "punting is an important part of the game"
place kick, place-kicking - (sports) a kick in which the ball is placed on the ground before kicking
dropkick - (football) kicking (as for a field goal) in which the football is dropped and kicked as it touches the ground
football score - the score in a football game
kickoff - (football) a kick from the center of the field to start a football game or to resume it after a score
contact sport - a sport that necessarily involves body contact between opposing players
field game - an outdoor game played on a field of specified dimensions
American football, American football game - a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays
professional football - football played for pay
association football, soccer - a football game in which two teams of 11 players try to kick or head a ball into the opponents' goal
yard marker - (football) a marker indicating the yard line
midfield - (sports) the middle part of a playing field (as in football or lacrosse)
back - (football) a person who plays in the backfield
ball carrier, runner - (football) the player who is carrying (and trying to advance) the ball on an offensive play
snapper, center - (football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback; "the center fumbled the handoff"
end - (football) the person who plays at one end of the line of scrimmage; "the end managed to hold onto the pass"
fullback - (football) the running back who plays the fullback position on the offensive team
halfback - (football) the running back who plays the offensive halfback position
forward passer, passer - (football) a ball carrier who tries to gain ground by throwing a forward pass
punter - (football) a person who kicks the football by dropping it from the hands and contacting it with the foot before it hits the ground
running back - (football) a back on the offensive team (a fullback or halfback) who tries to advance the ball by carrying it on plays from the line of scrimmage
rusher - (football) a ball carrier who tries to gain ground by running with the ball
split end - (football) an offensive end who lines up at a distance from the other linemen
tailback - (American football) the person who plays tailback
tight end - (football) an offensive end who lines up close to the tackle
wingback - (football) the person who plays wingback
winger - (sports) player in wing position
half - one of two divisions into which some games or performances are divided: the two divisions are separated by an interval
quarter - (football, professional basketball) one of four divisions into which some games are divided; "both teams scored in the first quarter"
line up - take one's position before a kick-off
fullback - play the fullback
quarterback - play the quarterback
place-kick - score (a goal) by making a place kick
kick - make a goal; "He kicked the extra point after touchdown"
tackle - seize and throw down an opponent player, who usually carries the ball
ground - throw to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage
return - make a return; "return a kickback"
running - of advancing the ball by running; "the team's running plays worked better than its pass plays"
|2.||football - the inflated oblong ball used in playing American football|
ball - round object that is hit or thrown or kicked in games; "the ball travelled 90 mph on his serve"; "the mayor threw out the first ball"; "the ball rolled into the corner pocket"
bladder - a bag that fills with air
football ground N → campo m or (LAm) cancha f de fútbol
football hooligan N (Brit) → hooligan mf
football hooliganism N (Brit) → hooliganismo m, violencia f en las gradas
football league N → liga f de fútbol
football match N → partido m de fútbol
football player N → jugador(a) m/f de fútbol, futbolista mf
football pools NPL → quinielas fpl
football season N → temporada f de fútbol
football supporter N → hincha mf
football team N → equipo m de fútbol
Paul threw the football over the fence → Paul a envoyé le ballon par dessus la clôture.