In this post, we explain the football phrase ‘To hand a team a defeat’.To hand a team a defeat

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Football Language: To hand a team a defeat

When a team defeats an opponent you will sometimes hear or read that they have handed a team a defeat, as in Tottenham handed Manchester United a second defeat in a row, which means that Manchester United have a lost for the second time in succession. The phrase is often used with numbers so for instance, West Ham were handed a third defeat in a row or Real Madrid handed Sevilla a second defeat of the season are heard quite commonly. To hand a team a defeat.

Example: Kilmarnock hand Celtic second domestic defeat under Rodgers (BBC, Feb 4th 2018)

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