Football Language: Knock it around

In football, what does the phrase ‘ knock it around’ mean?

Steer the ball homeToday’s football phrase is ‘Knock it around’.

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Knock it around

When a team is playing well and the players are confident they pass the ball much better and one way of describing this is to use the phrase ‘to knock the ball (it) around‘. The suggestion here is that the team are under very little pressure and are waiting for a moment to attack their opponents. Knock it around

  • Example: The team knocked it around with ease waiting for their opportunity.

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