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English words or phrases that have special meanings when used in sports.

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Choice of preposition in “best-of-x” in sports and other competitions

I would like to understand the logic (if there is any) behind the phrase "best-of-x" (where x is a number) in the context of competitions, most notably sports. I understand that best-of-five implies ...
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What do we call people who are into various sports?

What do we call someone who is into different sports including biking, mountaineering, tracking, and other similar sports?
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Is 'fer' a somewhat usual spelling of 'for', or is it perhaps restricted to cricket ('five-fer')?

-fer a suffix to any number, meaning the number of wickets taken by a team or bowler. (See also fifer/five-fer) Wikipedia I assume that 'fer' means, or is derived from, 'for' with the usually ...
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Single word for a sidelined or late soccer player?

I am looking for a single word that describes an instance where a soccer player is either late for a match, injured, or deemed unable to play for some span of time. In all instances, the player may ...
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Word for a zero score in sports — BrE/ AmE

What would be a word for a zero score in sports in BrE/ AmE? Suppose, in a game of baseball or football (soccer), a team (Team A) scores one point, but its opponent (Team B) scores none, so Team A ...
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The meaning of “popped harmlessly” in a baseball game

What does "harmlessly" mean in the following context? The unnatural silence was broken by the crack of Pujols’ bat, but the ball popped harmlessly into right field.
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the meaning of “do damage” in baseball context

What does do damage mean in the baseball context as in the following excerpt from the Japan Times? [Tanaka and Kikuchi] are a formidable combination at the top of the order, each able to do damage ...
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The meaning of ‘find’ and ‘break’ in sporting contexts [closed]

The words ‘find’ and ‘break’ appear in the following football (soccer) context, in a manner that does not seem to correspond to any dictionary definitions I can find: “Off the post! Another ...
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Name for top sports team at university

In France, and probably in some other countries, university players of team sports are generally divided into tiered teams, with the strongest players going to the strongest team ("team one"), and ...
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Why is the singular “Olympic Athlete From Russia” used for an ice-hockey team?

It’s definitely more than one athlete in the Russian team. On TV: On the web And they did it all the time till the finals: Clearly, it wasn't an arbitrary error or slip-up.
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What would one call the difference between lap times?

Let's say I ran a 200m. And my lap times would be: 14.50 seconds on the first 100m and 13.70 seconds in the last 100m. What would one call the difference between those two lap times (0.80 seconds). ...
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Idioms in Football or Soccer [closed]

I am looking for an idiom in sports preferably soccer or football that could represent a smaller part of a bigger picture. For example, a handful of pixels that make the vast image that is analytics....
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What does the phrase “stone-gloved first baseman” mean?

I have been reading an article of Charles Krauthammer written about baseball. To be honest, I'm not a fan of this sport then when I bumped into the above phrase, I didn't have any clue of what "stone-...
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What's the most common expression for “rovesciata” in the UK?

On Wikipedia, I see a few options that can be used for the Italian word "rovesciata": Bicycle kick Overhead kick Scissors kick The 1st and 3rd expressions exist in Oxford's dictionary, but the 2nd ...
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What does falling to a team in basketball games mean?

This is the sentence I have problems with: It was the second straight overtime game for Tulsa, which fell to Washington on Monday. source:link to article Obviously it's a sports report about ...
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Word for different style of sport

In basketball, you can actively block your opponent's shot. You can get in your opponent's way, and impede his progress actively. In golf, you and your opponent perform independently of each other. ...
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Origin of the expression one-two

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 ...
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What is “title credentials” used for? [closed]

Two example use Arsenal's title credentials are under threat. Manchester City's title credentials will be tested.
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Verbs for Martial Arts, Dance, and Performances

My students keep writing "I play kendo", "He plays diving", "they play ballet", etc. I've been correcting them to use "do"/"does", but are there other better verbs? I've considered using "practice" ...
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Positioned in a way that is ready to intercept?

If you were to anticipate something, perhaps an opponents serve in a racket sport like tennis, what would you call such anticipation? It's an interception of course, but what else can it be called?
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What is the name of this exercise? [closed]

Can anyone tell me what is the name of the following exercise? Lie straight (first image) Touch your feet (second image).
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How to describe the lower area of upper ray in a 'hockey stick'-shape angle?

I am trying to describe the area depicted below. It is the beginning of the upper ray coming from the vertex of the obtuse angle in a 'hockey stick'-shaped function. (In other words, it's an area past ...
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What's the word for an incompetent athlete?

What would you call an athlete who is weak, slow-moving, in bad shape etc. As in, for example, "No wonder he won in a fight with Kyle, that guy is just a ___." As you can tell, I am looking for ...
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What is a specific name for this type of shirt? [closed]

I'm basically talking about the shirts that we usually wear to play sports like tennis and soccer
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Is there a SPORTS PHRASE [in particular, one relating to “soccer”] similar to “make sure all our bases are covered”?

The expression mentioned in my question’s title is a baseball reference, of course, which I fear could potentially limit its understandability to only those English speakers who are familiar with that ...
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Origin and earliest recorded use of 'fungo'

In baseball, a fungo bat is, according to Merriam-Webster's Eleventh Collegiate Dictionary (2003), "a long thin bat used for hitting fungoes," and a fungo is either "a fly ball hit esp. for practice ...
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Sporting homonyms [closed]

"Golf club" is an interesting phrase because it is equally the implement used to play the game and also the place where the game is played. Can you give any other example like this? A single clear, ...
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In Baseball, is there a specific term for the team that bats second?

I am studying the similarities between Cricket and Baseball. I understood that every Baseball game consists of a series of innings (7-9 depending on the league) where one team tries to score as much ...
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What happens with the score when the first point is scored?

What happens with the game score when a player scores the first point in match. E.g. in a football match someone scores the first goal. The score became 1:0. What happened to the score? In Russia we ...
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Naming the relation of a competition and its sports

I'm trying to find a word for the relation between a competition or an event and its offered sports. Let's take the Olympic Games for example: The event would be the Olympic Games. You can ...
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In British English, is there a difference between a match and fixture in football?

Or are they synonyms? My guess is that fixtures are matches that haven't been played yet...
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Origin of Soccer

What is called football in most of countries, called soccer in US. However, there are some inconsistent usage of these terms. For example, in Australia, they have Football Federation Australia (FFA) ...
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What do you say in garden or street cricket to indicate you have completed your run?

In an improvised game of cricket - in the park, the garden or in the street or playground - there is usually just one wicket, and only one batsman. At the bowler's end there is often just a single ...
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Does the verb 'to tank' meaning to lose deliberately, or fail to finish, only apply to lawn tennis?

The Australian tennis star, Nick Kyrgios, is proposed in the Australian press to have tanked in his second set at Wimbledon, yesterday. According to the OED sense 6 of tank when used as a verb ...
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What does “taped” mean in this sentence?

I'm reading Michael Lewis's The Blind Side. In Chapter Three, when Ole Miss basketball team lost a game and came back to campus, the coach said to his players: Dressed, stretched, and taped. Thirty ...
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What is the correct term in sports for “get to the next round”?

What is the correct way to say that a team got to the next round? For example, "Team A won the quarter finals and got (the correct verb here) to semi-final"
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Why are some football clubs known as Wanderers?

Why are Bolton Wanderers, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Wycombe Wanderers etc so known? The OED seems to be silent on the matter, so I searched elsewhere on line. The following answer came up. Does it ...
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Why does the word “dodgeball” focus on the defensive skills instead of the offensive skills?

I'm a Dutch user, and in Dutch, dodgeball is called "trefbal" (literally hitball), referring to what the person with the ball is trying to do. In English, Dodgeball refers to the action that the ...
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Word that describes either a team or a single player

What is a good word for describing an entity (usually in a sports event) that can consist of one or more players? The idea is to give a name to a class (in code) for such a group (or player) within a ...
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Why do cricket and baseball each use the term 'pitch' but in different senses?

I should say from the outset that I do know the answer to this question, because I have just researched it. But it is so interesting that I felt it was worth an airing. I am not clear if it is 'off-...
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What is the origin of “choke in the clutch”?

I've seen this phrase in several sports stories recently, and I believe it goes back several decades. The phrase can probably be broken into two parts: choke and clutch. I know choking refers to ...
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Is it “Breathing in breaststroke is easy.” or “Breathing in the breaststroke is easy.”?

I'm never sure if I need the article or not in that particular case...
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A sports team that has a consistent record of beating another one

I am looking for a word or a concise expression for a sports team A that over a period of time has a consistent record of beating a rival sports team B. It is not necessary that A are better than B. ...
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What is the history of cricket's fielding positions? [closed]

It always seems to me as though the fielding positions in cricket reflect two different systems which have grown up independently and been brought together. For example some positions on the leg ...
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A phrase for “extremely bad luck”

Is there a (short) phrase or idiom meaning that someone had extremely bad luck? In the context of a sports match: as you would have a "perfect game" or the even more specific "perfect hand" (when ...
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Verb for coming into contact with another using one's shoulder

I would like to phrase the action of 'hitting' someone with one's shoulder, perhaps in a single word. Disappointingly, shoulder is already an actively used verb for a different action entirely: ...
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Generalization of “player” and “team” in sports [duplicate]

In a programming context, I need to refer to players and teams interchangeably (in sports). I'm looking for a word - noun or adjective - that would be a generalization of those two terms. I can't seem ...
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Becoming the marathon “leader”, is this a correct usage?

What do we call the athlete who is in first place , leading the marathon or running in front of the other runners in a race? Is leader an appropriate word to describe this runner?
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Pluralisation of sports teams in British and American English [duplicate]

Why do British and American English differ in this respect: British Southampton are eyeing up a ready-made replacement for Luke Shaw American Southampton is eyeing up a ready-made replacement ...
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What do you call the automatic bike pedals in English?

I mean those kind of bicycle pedals where you have special shoes and engage the sole to the pedal. In Spanish it's pedales automaticos and in German: 'Klickis' or 'Klickpedale'.