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off the ball Line breaks: off the ball

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Definition of off the ball in English:

adjective& adverb

Not in contact with or playing the ball.
Example sentences
  • He could easily have been sent off for his crude off-the-ball lunge.
  • The presentation dwelt on coaching aspects such as receiving the ball, off-the-ball running and strategies.
  • He was given a straight red card following an off-the-ball offence.
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