Football language: Out-and-out

This post explains the term ‘out-and-out’.out-and-out

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Football Language: Out-and-out

This phrase functions as an adjective modifying a noun. So, you may hear phrases like, an out-and-out striker, and out-and-out defender. basically this adjective means pure or 100%. An out-and-out striker mean a player who is a pure striker, they do not do any defensive work and are not expected to focus on linking up the play. Ad of course an out-and-out defender is not expected to dribble the ball out of defence, bomb forward, or link up with the midfield in a creative way – their job is 100% defence. It is used in a  fairly positive way, meaning the player is a great example of an attacker or defender doing their main job.

Example: Gylfi Sigurdsson was tasked with what at first seemed a ‘false nine’ role but turned out to be an out-and-out target man. (BBC 2 November 2017)

Example: Coppell said: “Anyone who’s seen Sam play knows he’s got a magnificent leap for his size. He’s so good in the air and his timing is excellent. He’s got good pace, and he’s an out-and-out defender. (Guardian 14 July 2006)

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