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To perform an action in a game or sport

blank

verb

to prevent your opponent from scoring in a game or sport

block

verb

to use your body to stop someone from hitting something, or to stop a ball from going somewhere

bully off

to start a game of hockey by hitting another player’s stick and then the ground before trying to hit the ball

chop down

to make an opponent fall over when you are playing a game, such as football

come off

to leave a sports field and be replaced by another member of your team

come on

to arrive on a sports field in order to replace another member of your team

cover

verb

in some sports, to stay very close to an opposing player in order to prevent them from scoring a goal or getting a point

deny

verb

to stop an opponent from winning or scoring

dive

verb

if a player dives, they deliberately fall to the ground in order to pretend that an opponent has made them fall

feint

verb

to pretend to make a movement, especially to trick an opponent in a sport or fight

field

verb

to be the team that throws and tries to catch the ball during a game while members of the other team try to hit it. The other team bats

foul

verb

to do something in a game that is not allowed by the rules

foul

verb

to do something to another player that is not allowed by the rules

fumble

verb

to drop a ball

go on

to walk onto a sports field in order to replace a member of your team

guard

verb

in a sport such as basketball, to try to prevent your opponent from scoring or from playing effectively

hit

verb

to use something such as a bat to make a ball move

hit back

to start to play well against an opponent who was winning

hold off

to stop an opponent from starting to win or lead

mark

verb

to stay close to a member of the other team in a game such as football in order to prevent them from getting the ball or playing effectively

peg back

to prevent an opponent from winning in a game or competition

play off

if two or more teams or players who have the same number of points in a competition play off, they play a game or games to see who is the winner

play on

to continue to play a game, often after someone has been injured or has done something that is not allowed by the rules

play out

to continue to play a sport until the end of a particular period

receive

verb

if you receive a ball in a game, someone sends it towards you

send off

to tell a sports player officially to leave the sports field because they have done something that is not allowed by the rules

shield

verb

in sport, to keep your body close to the ball and prevent an opponent from touching it

spot

verb

in sports, to give an advantage to someone who you are playing against, usually because they are not as good as you

tackle

verb

to try to take the ball from an opponent in a game such as football

take

verb

to get control of something from an opponent

take

verb

to get something from an opponent in a game or sports competition

throw in

in football, if a player throws in or throws the ball in, they throw it back onto the field after it has gone out

upend

verb

to deliberately make a player on the opposing team fall during a football match

wrong-foot

verb

in sport, to make an opponent go in the wrong direction by suddenly changing the direction in which you move, or hit or kick a ball

change ends

if two opponents or teams change ends, they each move to the opposite half of a tennis court or football pitch

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a generation … who are balancing working life with caring for both their teenage children and elderly parents

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