(also hospital ball)
(In football) a pass to a player likely to be tackled heavily as soon as the ball is received.
- Cole makes nifty use of a hospital ball from Beckham, evading a couple of challenges and nearly releasing Owen, who is marginally offside.
- The rumour was that he could not get out of the chair quickly enough, so I am quite pleased to see him sitting there; the perception we have in New Zealand First is that he passed his colleague a hospital pass.
- ‘Managing the Jags,’ said Tom, ‘could be a hospital pass or an amazing opportunity for enhancement.’
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