Etymology
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lineman (n.)

1858, worker on telegraph (later telephone) lines, from line (n.) + man (n.). U.S. football sense is from 1894.

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Definitions of lineman

lineman (n.)
one of the players on the line of scrimmage;
lineman (n.)
the surveyor who marks positions with a range pole;
lineman (n.)
a person who installs or repairs electrical or telephone lines;
Synonyms: electrician / linesman
lineman (n.)
(American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed on the line of scrimmage;
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