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spray the ball/lurking

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Hi everyone. What do the word in bold mean? 89 min: Westwood shows a couple of classy touches to keep the ball alive on halfway. He sprays the ball wide for Charlie Taylor to deliver a high cross into the box where Barnes and co are lurking ... but it is straight down Ederson’s throat. No problem for City.

Posted : 28/04/2019 6:15 pm
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Hello and thanks for the question.

To spray the ball (wide) describes a type of pass in football and it suggests that the ball has been hit over distance (and maybe in the air); you wouldn't spray the ball five yards for example. If a player sprays a pass then he or she is probably someone who is a rather confident player with good vision.

Lurking describes someone who is hiding because they are waiting to do something. In this example, Barnes and his team mates ('and co') are lurking with intent - they are ready to try a surprise attack. You will see the word 'intent' commonly collocate (go with) 'lurking'.

Posted : 01/05/2019 11:18 pm

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