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(to) Tee Up
This phrase is one borrowed from the sport of golf. The tee in golf is where the ball is placed before hitting it with the golf club. The tee puts the ball in a stable position before it is struck. So, to tee up, is to get ready to hit the golf ball. In football, the phrase to tee up means that your teammate passes the ball in such a way as to make it perfect to strike cleanly. If the ball is teed up for a player, it is a perfect position to hit accurately towards goal. To tee up.
- Example: Ramsey teed up Jack Wilshere to hit the bar, before nodding the opener against his old club from Mesut Ozil’s cross. (Cardiff v Arsenal BBC Report 2013/14 Season)
- Example: Sergio Aguero’s classy backheel teed up the chance and Bosnian Dzeko shot home a ferocious effort from 30 yards. (Cardiff v Man City BBC Report 2013/14 Season)