Definition of yellow card in English:

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yellow card


(In soccer and some other games) a yellow card shown by the referee to a player being cautioned: Eddis was shown the yellow card for a late tackle on Candlish Compare with red card.
More example sentences
  • The referee bought his yellow card out and Gascoigne was out of the final were England to make it through.
  • What is the difference between a yellow card in hockey and a yellow card in soccer?
  • He could not be trusted, they said, because he had clocked up one red card and 20 yellow cards in the past two seasons.


(yellow-card) [with object] (Of the referee) caution (a player) by showing a yellow card.
Example sentences
  • Symes got caught up in a brief spat with right back Adrian Harper which saw both players yellow-carded.
  • English referee Roy Maybank warned Hayes and Parker, then yellow-carded Kelly.
  • At this stage the referee yellow-carded both scrum halves and a Pontefract forward for a professional infringement.

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