Definition of first down noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    first down

    BrE BrE//ˌfɜːst ˈdaʊn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌfɜːrst ˈdaʊn//
    (in American football) American football
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  1. 1the first of a series of four downs (= chances to move the ball forward ten yards) See related entries: American football
  2. 2the chance to start a new series of four downs because your team has succeeded in going forward ten yards
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: first down