This post explains put pastthe football term ‘To put past’.

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Football Language: To put past

When a team scores a lot of goals we sometimes hear the verbal phrase ‘to put past‘ as in the example, ‘Spurs put five past Swansea City’. Here the winning team (Spurs) have scored five goals against their opponents (Swansea). This phrase is usually heard when a lot of goals are involved and one team has easily defeated the other team – so a typical construction would be Team A put (number of goals) past Team B. However, we would not usually hear the phrase ‘Liverpool put one past Newcastle’ as not many goals are involved – there has to be a sense of a thrashing or heavy defeat involved. To put past.

Example: Houghton hits two as England put four past Bosnia (BBC.co.uk, November 25th 2017).

Example: PSG hit seven past Celtic in the Champions League (BBC.co.uk, November 22nd 2017).

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