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[lahynz-muh n]

noun, plural linesmen.

(def 1).
noun (pl) -men
an official who helps the referee or umpire in various sports, esp by indicating when the ball has gone out of play
(mainly Brit) a person who installs, maintains, or repairs telephone or electric-power lines US and Canadian name lineman

1856, “soldier in a regiment of the line,” from genitive of line (n.) + man (n.). Sports sense, in reference to umpires with specific duties in games with lines (originally tennis, also ice hockey) is from 1890.


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