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I am clueless about the meaning of the words "thread it through a pipe" in the following sentence:

You can bend a free kick round a wall of defenders, but can you thread it through a pipe so that the ball rolls down the side of an ancient temple into the net?

Could anyone please rephrase the sentence above? This is a description of an app which lets you play football.

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  • What's the name of the app? And what type of crazy golf has defenders, and a "net" (goal)? This sounds like footballers (soccer players) rather than golf players. – Mari-Lou A Oct 2 '18 at 19:50
  • Sorry for the mistake. It is football. – seeeker Oct 3 '18 at 3:38
  • Did you search for the meanings of "thread" (verb), "through"(adverb), "pipe" (noun) and "net" (noun) before asking here? – Mari-Lou A Oct 3 '18 at 4:35
  • Lexical meanings do not always convey the complete meaning. – seeeker Oct 3 '18 at 5:08
  • Is that a "yes"? You said you were "clueless about the meanings of the words", which suggests that you didn't. Unless you're unfamiliar with the game of football (soccer in the US). – Mari-Lou A Oct 3 '18 at 5:13
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thread it through a pipe

From the idiom:

thread (one's) way through (something) TFD idiom

To move carefully between people or things that are numerous and close together.

pipe - metaphorical - as if through a pipe, avoiding obstacles

Your question:

... but can you thread it through a pipe so that the ball rolls down the side of an ancient temple into the net?

... but can you aim the ball so it moves to the side of a building and then maneuvers to the net?

  • It's golf, so presumably you're not kicking the ball :P – Laurel Oct 2 '18 at 19:29
  • Sorry, it is football. – seeeker Oct 3 '18 at 4:06

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