Football Language: Skip past/Skip by/ Skip away from
Some players have pace and power to get by an opponent, others rely on skill or passing technique. Then there is Lionel Messi who simply does what he pleases on the football pitch. He shimmies, he dribbles, he has pace, a low centre of gravity and wonderful technique. Using all of these skills he can move away from opponents easily – he can skip past defenders as if they are not there. To skip is a form of jumping – boxers often skip to keep fit – but when it is used with a particle it suggests that someone is moving quickly and gracefully. Sometimes you will hear the phrase skip by a defender or skip away from a defender and these are similar in meaning: the player moves quickly and effortlessly away from the opponent.
Example: Leo Messi skipped past two Chelsea defenders in the first half to set up Dembele for Barca’s second.