halfback

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halfback (plural halfbacks)

  1. (American football) An offensive back whose primary jobs are to carry the ball on running plays and to serve as a receiver or blocker on passing plays.
  2. (Canadian football) A defensive back whose primary jobs are to cover the slotback on passing plays and prevent running plays from going to the outside.
  3. (field hockey) A position in field hockey, with both offensive and defensive roles.