Definitions

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  • adjective belonging to the third string of a team; one who plays behind the first and second strings.
  • adjective a substitute or replacement.

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Examples

  • Moments after he called the third-string offense and defense onto the field -- which, he stressed, was for three plays only because of time constraints -- Reid walked toward the line of scrimmage and held everything up for a few precious seconds.

    SI.com

  • Moments after he called the third-string offense and defense onto the field -- which, he stressed, was for three plays only because of time constraints -- Reid walked toward the line of scrimmage and held everything up for a few precious seconds.

    SI.com

  • They faced third-string quarterbacks in wins over Miami, Detroit and Minnesota after Brett Favre left with a concussion.

    Chicago Bears Prepare For Battle Against Seattle

  • "I'll just tell you this, the one thing I know about Jay Cutler is he's tough," said third-string quarterback Caleb Hanie, who led a late comeback bid.

    Bears Fire Back At Jay Cutler's Critics

  • They faced third-string quarterbacks in wins over Miami, Detroit and Minnesota after Brett Favre left with a concussion.

    Chicago Bears Prepare For Battle Against Seattle

  • They faced third-string quarterbacks in wins over Miami, Detroit and Minnesota after Brett Favre left with a concussion.

    Chicago Bears Prepare For Battle Against Seattle

  • "I'll just tell you this, the one thing I know about Jay Cutler is he's tough," said third-string quarterback Caleb Hanie, who led a late comeback bid.

    Bears Fire Back At Jay Cutler's Critics

  • Getty Images Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos If this sounds familiar, it's because his career arc so far mimics Tebow's, from the unlikely fascination (Lin is the first American-born Chinese or Taiwanese player) through the rock-bottom point (Tebow was third-string at the start of this season) to the freakish success (Tebow won seven of his first eight games as Denver's starter).

    Meet Jeremy Lin, the New Tim Tebow

  • Cal Sport Media/Zuma Press Greg McElroy Another Jets player railed against the team's splintered locker room Wednesday, when Greg McElroy, a third-string rookie quarterback, took the club to task for what he called its selfishness.

    Jets Rookie Criticizes Locker-Room Mentality

  • And in perhaps the starkest contrast possible, they'll be replacing him with a third-string, undrafted rookie out of Arizona, Colin Baxter, who's been on the team for a little over two weeks.

    O-Line Concern Is Front and Center

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