Definition of sending off in English:

sending off

noun

  • (in soccer or rugby) an instance of a referee ordering a player to leave the field and take no further part in the game.

    ‘the Rovers man escaped a sending off and was handed a yellow card’
    mass noun ‘the turning point was probably the sending off of their midfielder’
    • ‘The sending-off came at a crucial time, with the team slightly on top and looking to be steering towards their 40th title.’
    • ‘The winger is suspended after his sending-off in the 1-1 home draw with West Ham.’
    • ‘They will strenuously appeal the defender's sending-off in Sunday's final.’
    • ‘He felt that punching was not a sending-off offence and blames referees for taking the physical side out of rugby.’
    • ‘"We didn't take advantage of his sending-off as we should have done," Beckham said.’
    • ‘So high was the level of on-field violence in the game by the end of the nineteenth century, that the rule-makers began to consider introducing a sending-off rule.’
    • ‘A Welsh Rugby Union disciplinary hearing ruled that the sending-off was sufficient punishment.’
    • ‘A third goal and a sending-off handed the initiative back to the home team.’
    • ‘If the sending-off offence would also lead to a penalty kick, then committing the offence is almost never justifiable.’
    • ‘We had defended really well but my sending-off probably cost us the game.’