Football Language: Walloped

wallopedThe verb ‘to wallop‘ means to hit or beat someone or something but in football it has the meaning of heavily defeating another team. So, when we say Tottenham walloped Arsenal 5-1 in the semi-final we mean that Tottenham heavily defeated Arsenal. The verbs ‘to thrash‘  and ‘to blow away‘ are other ways of saying this, while it also has a similar meaning to the phrase ‘comprehensive victory‘. We often hear this verb used in the passive form, so for instance, ‘Brazil were walloped by Germany in the semi-final’ which means that Germany defeated Brazil; they thrashed Brazil.
  • Example: The USA were walloped 4-0 by Costa Rica in their World Cup qualifier.
  • Example: Belgium walloped Estonia 8-1 in a recent World Cup qualifier.

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