Football Language: Out the Blocks

Football Language: Out the blocks

Out the blocks
This football phrase is originally connected with athletics and sprinting. The blocks in the phrase refer to the starting blocks that sprinters use to get a fast start. If you are out of the blocks quickly in football it means that you start well, on the front foot. It implies that the team is very positive and aggressive, pressing the opposition and attacking on the break.
  • Example:Liverpool needed to increase the tempo after the break, instead it was Everton who were faster out of the blocks and they doubled their lead in spectacular fashion (BBC Report)

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