from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Football Accomplished by a ball carrier against opposition that is widely scattered over the field: broken-field running.

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  • adj. varying in direction suddenly and frequently


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  • I ran through the trees like a broken-field quarterback, crashing over the undergrowth, weaving through the tree trunks directly at them.

    The Glass Rainbow

  • The young man is Duddy Kravitz, a Sammy Glick by any other name, but a broken-field runner rather than one with his eye on the long distance crown.

    Waiting for "Barney" (Mordecai Richler's version)

  • But the slow-moving crowd of idlers in the crooked street forced them to weave in and out like broken-field runners in a football stadium.

    Golden State

  • Not in the least winded, Anderson segued into John Coltrane's "Central Part West," a cooled-down proposition not without a segment so challenging that Anderson's fleet tooting brought to mind an amazing display of broken-field running.

    David Finkle: Every Street's a Jazz Boulevard in Old New York

  • During that stretch, he completed nine of nine passes for 72 yards, and his broken-field running kept USC guessing. - On the biggest stage, Vince Young delivers for Texas

  • Helms, ever courtly, thanked me -- and off I didn't walk but ran, darting around people, through the concourse, down escalators and stairs, like a broken-field runner in a pick-up football game.

    Dream Ticket Memories

  • But the Cardinals couldn't take control until Boldin turned a short catch on third-and-20 into a 54-yard, broken-field TD rumble, avoiding five tackles and eventually diving into the end zone with 10: 45 to play. - Scores

  • Caralyn tore after her, weaving like a broken-field runner.

    Deception Plan

  • And I was practicing catching that pass, not broken-field running.

    The Hardy Boys

  • When it sees my legs shuffling for a grip on the rock, it resorts to broken-field running.

    Spinning at Large


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