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Football Phrase: To dump out of

Every week during the 2010-11 season, the languagecaster team explain a football phrase or cliché for learners of English who love the sport. This week we explain the phrase ‘to dump out of‘. Click on the link below to hear the word or phrase and you can also read the transcript below that. You can find many more examples by going to ourfootball clichés here and our huge football glossary here.

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This week’s English for football phrase is ‘to dump out of‘. This phrase is usually used when talking about cup competitions, such as the FA Cup (England), the Copa del Rey (Spain), or the Champions League (Europe) and so on. To dump something means to throw it away, and to dump a team out of the cup means to knock them out of the competition – to beat them. When used it usually has the added meaning that the losing team were embarrassed by the defeat. Last week, in the FA Cup, Stevenage dumped Newcastle United out of the cup by beating them 3-1. And, in Spain in the Copa del Rey, Barcelona avoided being dumped out of the competition even though they lost 3-1 to Betis – they had already beaten Betis 5-0 in the first leg. To dump a team out of the cup.

Example: ‘Oldham spring FA Cup shock to dump out Fulham’ (Lancashire Telegraph, January 6th 2019)

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