[kwawr-ter-bak] /ˈkwɔr tərˌbæk/

a in football who usually lines up immediately behind the center and directs the offense of the team.
the position played by this .
a person who leads or directs a group or activity.
verb (used with object)
to direct the offense of (a team).
to lead or direct:
to quarterback a public-relations campaign.
verb (used without object)
to play the position of quarterback.
noun (US & Canadian)
a player in American or Canadian football, positioned usually behind the centre, who directs attacking play
Monday-morning quarterbacking, wisdom after the event, esp by spectators

in U.S. football, 1876, from quarter (n.) + back (n.); so called from his position on the field at the start of play, between the halfback and the center. As a verb from 1945. Figurative sense from 1952. Monday morning quarterback is 1932 (n.), 1972 (v.); originally pro football player slang for sportswriters (U.S. professional football games typically are played on Sundays).


To lead or direct; control; manage: and quarterbacking the rise of Action News at Channel 6 (1945+)

Related Terms

monday morning quarterback


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