One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
phrasal verbNorth American
Cheer or spur someone on.‘his mother rooted him on enthusiastically from ringside’
- ‘And Spencer Tracy, he told me once, would visit the set of other movies being shot and root them on.’
- ‘The others were rooting Jerry on by saying, ‘Go Jerry!’’
- ‘I was rooting him on, along with the others in his small but fervent peanut gallery.’
- ‘There were fans screaming and yelling and rooting us on.’
- ‘If you sponsor races or leagues, ensure that at least one club employee attends the events and makes it known to members that he or she is there rooting them on.’
- ‘So he can come watch me fight and he can keep on rooting me on.’
- ‘Your father, who had won a bronze medal in the Olympics in 1956, was one of those rooting you on.’
- ‘‘There's a lot of instant gratification, with other people rooting them on, like a game show,’ Bloom says.’
- ‘Just tell me who was there rooting you on when you were even trying out for those rinky-dink teams?’
- ‘I didn't play my best, but the knowledge that a friendly face was in the stands, rooting me on, definitely helped.’
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