Definition of red card in English:

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red card

Pronunciation: /ˈˌred ˈkärd/


(In soccer and some other games) a red card shown by the referee to a player who is being ejected from the game. Compare with yellow card.
Example sentences
  • Players are going down with the slightest contact and its hard to tell if they are hurt or acting, this makes it hard for the ref and at times players get red cards they shouldn't.
  • Italy and Portugal overcame tense games and red cards thanks largely to the veterans.
  • If players did not argue with the referee so much the amount of yellow and red cards would be cut drastically!


(red-card) [with object]
(Of a referee) eject (a player) from the game by showing the red card: he did his pushing directly in front of the referee and was red-carded
More example sentences
  • Both players were red-carded by Cork referee Michael Collins, but were later exonerated when it was established the referee had got it wrong in both instances.
  • Far be it from us to reveal any skeletons in the mayor-elect's tree cupboard, but he was once red-carded by a referee for cavorting about the pitch with a blow-up doll.
  • Neil Lennon vents his fury at the final whistle, pushing the point so far that he was also red-carded by the referee.

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Syllabification: red card

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