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{n: American football, American football game} a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays

{n: center} the position of the player on the line of scrimmage who puts the ball in play
"it is a center's responsibility to get the football to the quarterback"

{n: wiretap, tap} the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information

{n: wrinkle, furrow, crease, crinkle, seam, line} a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface
"his face has many lines"
"ironing gets rid of most wrinkles"

{v: hang on, hold the line, hold on} hold the phone line open
"Please hang on while I get your folder"

{v: line up, get hold, come up, find} get something or somebody for a specific purpose
"I found this gadget that will serve as a bottle opener"
"I got hold of these tools to fix our plumbing"
"The chairman got hold of a secretary on Friday night to type the urgent letter"

{v: wait} stay in one place and anticipate or expect something
"I had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets"

{v: wiretap, tap, intercept, bug} tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information
"The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy"
"Is this hotel room bugged?"


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