order off

Meaning: to tell a player to leave the field of play, or the court, usually because they have committed a foul or broken a rule

Synonym: send off

For example:

  • order sb off The referee ordered Paddy off because he made an illegal tackle on another player, and could have seriously injured him.

  • order off sb The umpire will order off any players who are bleeding or have blood on their uniforms.

Quick Quiz:

The referee ordered Cherie off because she had

a. committed a foul

b. scored a goal

c. missed a shot

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