Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An unmarked area between the 20-yard-line and the goal line at either end of the field, used especially in evaluating a team's ability to exploit or thwart scoring situations.

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  • noun American football The area extending twenty yards from the end zone, where a team in possession of the ball is expected to score.
  • noun California An area of a street where the curb has been painted red, indicating that stopping, standing or parking is prohibited at that spot (except, in some places, for buses).

Etymologies

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

[From the association of the color red with danger or situations requiring attention.]

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