One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a sports player or team) not playing or performing well.
- ‘Brazil, clear favourites to retain the World Cup in Germany this summer, have several key players out of form and under fire from the media.’
- ‘With Bergkamp on the wane and Kanu off form, a new striker is also high on the manager's priorities.’
- ‘Both clubs have tons of good players but it only takes a couple to be off form and this could be decisive.’
- ‘England's pre-match selection was suspect, with Iain Balshaw chosen at full-back despite being completely out of form.’
- ‘We've obviously been out of form the last five weeks so it's a pretty big game.’
- ‘Both are deemed by the selectors to be out of form at present, but both are talented enough to make a come-back to the team.’
- ‘Roddick looked off form in Athens and failed to convert four break points in the decisive game of the match.’
- ‘Most of the batsmen have been out of form on this tour, but we have to find some ways to score runs.’
- ‘Equally out of form Aston Villa travel to cup specialists Sheffield United for what is sure to be a high tempo, passionate affair.’
- ‘IT is unfortunate that our captain is woefully out of form.’
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