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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
football (noun)
1.
any of several games played between two teams on a usually rectangular field having goalposts or goals at each end and whose object is to get the ball over a goal line, into a goal, or between goalposts by running, passing, or kicking as
a) British - soccer
b) British - rugby
c) an American game played between two teams of 11 players each in which the ball is in possession of one side at a time and is advanced by running or passing
d) Australian - australian rules football
e) Canada - canadian football
2.
a) an inflated oval ball used in the game of football
b) British a soccer ball
3.
something treated roughly especially as the subject of a prolonged dispute - the issue became a political football in Congress
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