World Cup Phrase – (to) Edge out/past
The verbal phrase ‘to edge out‘ is similar ‘to squeeze past’ in that one team has defeated another team by a small margin – but only just; it was a close affair. The word ‘edge‘ suggests something narrow and so we use this to describe a win that was not easy at all. To edge out is similar to edge past but when we use ‘out‘ it suggests that a team has not only been defeated but also been knocked out of a competition. In the 2014 World Cup second round game between hosts Brazil and dark horses Chile, the Brazilian side edged past Chile on penalties.
- Example: Brazil edged out Chile in their last sixteen match in Belo Horizonte.
- Example: The USA edged past Portugal in the group stages.