from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Either of the two lines which bound the sides of a foot-ball field.
  • n. A tangent.


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  • Your baggy Saturday touch-line specials will not translate to an evening outfit, even worn with heels and a silk shirt.

    True blue: The importance of jeans

  • Arnie, we thought you might be here and we've been scanning the touch-line all through the match.

    Every living thing

  • But you don't dally on the touch-line when the game's over; I wheeled my pony and made for the head-quarters hill, keeping well to flank of the fleeing Imps, with my escort thundering along behind.

    Flashman and the Dragon

  • He kept too close on the touch-line, however, and his great fault was kicking out -- a dangerous thing when too near goal in this age of smart throwing in -- for I notice a great improvement in this art during the past few years.

    Scottish Football Reminiscences and Sketches

  • When the ball was thrown in from the touch-line the rule insisted that it had first to land on the ground before being touched, and consequently head play was unnecessary, and dribbling was, as a matter of course, considered the most important point, combined with taking smart possession of the ball as soon as it touched the ground after being thrown in.

    Scottish Football Reminiscences and Sketches

  • There is another spectator, too, who not unfrequently forgets himself, and he is to be found on what might be termed the "touch-line" of society.

    Scottish Football Reminiscences and Sketches

  • Suburbopolis, being close on the touch-line, was to be attacked first.

    Scottish Football Reminiscences and Sketches

  • He never kept the ball longer than was necessary, and if he thought his club would benefit by it, shied quickly in from the touch-line no matter where his companions or opponents alike were stationed on the field.

    Scottish Football Reminiscences and Sketches

  • Methinks I see him now, with his quick action, short step, and unselfish play, gliding down the side of the field, dodging an opponent close on the touch-line, and causing the spectators to laugh immoderately.

    Scottish Football Reminiscences and Sketches

  • Shannon was almost impassable, and Amber, the half, generally waltzed round our forwards, and when he secured he passed the ball on to Aspinall, who doubled like a hare along the touch-line.

    Acton's Feud A Public School Story


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