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quarterback American English

Meaning: to lead and make decisions

For example:

  • We need someone who can quarterback the sales team when they go to trade fairs.

  • Who's going to quarterback Monday's staff meeting?

Origin: From American football, or gridiron, in which the quarterback is the player who leads the team during offensive moves.

Variety: This slang is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

Bob will be quarterbacking our reps during the negotiations, so he'll be the one who
  1. makes final decisions
  2. books hotels and flights
  3. records details of the meetings

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