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Football Language: (to) Stab Home

This post explains the term ‘stab home’.Stab Home

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Football Language: Stab Home

The phrase to stab home describes a type of goal. In this phrase, home refers to the goal and to stab describes a quick shot very close to the goal line, usually with the front part of the foot. The player connects with the ball with the toe of his or her boot and ‘stabs home’ – scores from close range. Similar phrases are poke home, smash home and fire home, although the last two imply a much more powerful shot, usually from outside the six-yard box.

Example: 84′ SO CLOSE! Defoe inches away from stabbing home van Aanholt’s cross! Really not #SAFC’s day… (Twitter  


Example:’~and from his cutback from the by-line it was a simple matter for Bryan Cristante to stab home from close range…’ (Guardian 23 November 2017)

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