2018 World Cup Language: Play out a bore draw

In this post, we explain the football expression ‘bore draw’ which is used to describe a not very exciting game of football.

In this post, we explain the football expression ‘play out a bore draw‘ which is used to describe a not very exciting game of football.play out a bore draw

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World Cup Language: Play out a bore drawore draw

There are different types of draws in football – a score draw which is when both teams manage to score, e.g. 1-1 or maybe a thrilling 3-3 or even 4-4 draw where teams share 6 or 8 goals. But there are also dull scoreless or nil-nil draws in which not much happens at all. These can also be called goalless draws, games without a goal, or if they are really dull games of football they are termed ‘bore draws‘ which is a play on the phrase ‘score draw’ but with the adjective ‘bore’ which of course means dull or not very exciting. Sometimes the verbal phrase ‘to play out‘ is used with this phrase – France and Denmark played out a bore draw in the 2018 World Cup – the first scoreless draw of the tournament. To play out a bore draw. 

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