Back pass

(soccer) a deliberate pass backwards to the goalkeeper
Historical Examples

Hands behind the back pass the ball round and round, and the girl inside the ring tries to find it.
Jamaican Song and Story Walter Jekyll

Wigs in three divisions of loops at the back pass by, wigs in long queues, wigs in back and side bobs.
English Costume Dion Clayton Calthrop


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