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lines +‎ man


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linesman ‎(plural linesmen)

  1. (soccer, dated) An assistant referee.
  2. (tennis, dated) A male line judge.
  3. (ice hockey) An official whose primary task is to watch the blue line and determine when there has been an offside.
  4. (American football) An official whose primary task is to determine whether there has been a line of scrimmage violation.
  5. A person employed to work on electrical lines; a lineman.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In soccer and tennis the term linesman is considered dated because not all assistant referees and line judges are male.


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