One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in sport) a ball that is hit, kicked, or thrown a long way.
- ‘Manuel Pablo is just offside from a long ball, again outstripping the United back-line for pace.’
- ‘Carragher throws a long ball into the box, which Crouch wins, but he's offside.’
- ‘He gives good long balls, but you can't always score from long balls.’
- ‘Bridge had thrown out a superb long ball to the winger and just when it looked like he was away for his third, play was called back.’
- ‘Lee, who has showed a knack for catching the long ball, could be the surprise of the camp.’
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