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send off (2)

Meaning: If a referee or an umpire sends off a player, the player has to leave the field or court because they've done something wrong.

For example:

  • send sb off The referee showed the player a red card and sent him off because he brought down an attacker with an illegal tackle.

  • send off sb This umpire has a reputation for sending off players, so make sure you don't commit any really bad fouls.

Quick Quiz:

One of the team's best players was sent off because he
  1. scored a goal
  2. hit an opponent
  3. missed a shot

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