American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Football The first in the series of four downs in which an offensive team must advance ten yards to retain possession of the ball.
- n. Football A gain of ten or more yards entitling the offensive team to a new series of downs.
“Now the r'les are interchanged: to-day it is you who are about to throw yourself head first down the precipice.”
“With two minutes left to play, and Dallas had the ball and a first down at the Baltimore 48-yard line.”
“Pearls signify both tears and teeth; the latter are sometimes called hailstones, from their whiteness and moisture; the lips are cornelians or rubies; the gums, a pomegranate flower; the dark foliage of the myrtle is synonymous with the black hair of the beloved, or with the first down on the cheeks of puberty.”
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