bow outWhat is the meaning of the phrase ‘to bow out’ in football and when do we use it?

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To bow out

The expression ‘to bow out of a competition‘ is used to describe when a team loses in a cup competition, that is, they are knocked out and it suggests that the team were beaten without really getting close to winning. It has a slightly different meaning to the phrase dumped out of a competition which suggests that a team was surprisingly beaten – maybe by an underdog. Sometimes you will the hear the phrase being used along with the name of the competition (bowed out of) or even the round (bowed out at). So, for example, Leicester City bowed out at the quarter-final stage or the team bowed out of the FA Cup.

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