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Meaning of quarterback

quar•ter•back

Pronunciation: (kwôr'tur-bak"), [key]
— n.
  1. a back in football who usually lines up immediately behind the center and directs the offense of the team.
  2. the position played by this back.
  3. a person who leads or directs a group or activity.
—v.t.
  1. to direct the offense of (a team).
  2. to lead or direct: to quarterback a public-relations campaign.
—v.i.
  1. to play the position of quarterback.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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