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On the back of
The idiom ‘on the back of‘ something is usually used in football to mean after something. It is mostly used to talk about previous results before the next game, so for example, ‘Club X arrive at Club Y on the back of three defeats‘. This means Club X have lost three games, and the upcoming game against Club Y, therefore, is very important. The ‘something’ that follows the phrase ‘on the back of‘ is likely to refer to wins, defeats or performances.
- Example: Brendan Rodgers’ side arrived in the Welsh capital on the back of a 3-0 win over Manchester United (2013/14 Season, BBC report).
- Example: Chelsea, on the back of six straight wins, edged the first half.