1

In football, the expression "one-two" (or "give-and-go") means: Player A passes the ball to Player B, who immediately passes it back to Player A.

Why is this called "to play a one-two"? Where does this expression come from? Does it originate from the boxing term "one-two punch"? Or does it originate from somewhere else?

1

A give-and-go, or one-two, is a fundamental maneuver in many team sports which involves two players passing the ball or puck back and forth. The player who has the ball or puck passes to a teammate and then repositions in order to receive a return pass and a scoring opportunity.

(Wikipedia)

It looks like the expression originated in boxing at the beginning of the 19th century:

  • one-two blow A combination of two blows with the fists, a short left jab plus a hard right cross, usually to the chin : zipping ''one-twos'' to the jaw (1811+)

(The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.)

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.