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line of scrimmage

n. pl. lines of scrimmage Football
Either of two imaginary lines extending across the field parallel to the goal line at the ends of the ball as it rests prior to being snapped and at which each team lines up for a new play.

line of scrimmage

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(American Football) American football an imaginary line, parallel to the goal lines, on which the ball is placed at the start of a down and on either side of which the offense and defense line up

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an imaginary line on a football field, parallel to the goal lines, along which opposing teams face each other at the beginning of each play.
[1905–10]

line of scrimmage

Imaginary line passing through the end of the ball nearest a team’s own goal line. Each team has its own line. It marks the position of the ball at the start of each down.
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Noun1.line of scrimmage - line parallel to the goal lines where football linesmen line up at the start of each play in American football; "the runner was tackled at the line of scrimmage"
line - in games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area
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Ruben Studdard: If you weigh all the factors, the Panthers have the edge on both lines of scrimmage.