One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A form of gambling on the results of football games, the winners receiving amounts accumulated from entry money.
- ‘Many of them also bet on it through football pools, go to Sunday night parties and chat about the game with co-workers.’
- ‘I do not think you can resist that football pools order.’
- ‘I know what the football pools order is.’
- ‘Even the abolition of football pools tax was done last time with the abolition of gaming tax.’
- ‘A couple who won more than £1 million on the football pools after scraping together their last 80p are being sought for a winners' reunion.’
- ‘The competition was originally conceived in 1961 as a means to generate cash for football pools companies during the close season.’
- ‘Bermudians will still be able to gamble on horse racing, the football pools, in the bingo halls and on internet gaming sites.’
- ‘The very next day, after I began my 365 days of dull, boring existence, I almost got into a football pool, but I held out.’
- ‘So, if you want to wear Vedette and aren't already minted, you better start doing the football pools.’
- ‘The football pools fundraiser organized by Clonaslee Utd are now in the fourth week and are proving very popular.’
- ‘Their problem is that in Israel, gambling is illegal outside the national lottery and the football pools.’
- ‘You are short of money but you live in a house worth more than a win on the football pools.’
- ‘They sell t-shirts, have a football pool, and throw fund-raisers throughout the year.’
- ‘He's nothing other than a guy in the office who was asked to draw the grid for a football pool.’
- ‘In can be the choice of breakfast foods, or the response of another in conversation, or a few dollars in an office football pool.’
- ‘I lost interest in football for the most part, and didn't come back to it until I joined a football pool at the local deli a few years later.’
- ‘It's like watching someone else win the football pools.’
- ‘The BBC article suggests there may be some inconsistency in the rules - football pools are out but lotteries are OK.’
- ‘Back in Boston, I used to supplement my income routinely winning football pools everyplace I worked.’
- ‘The club's football pools fund raiser is proving very popular.’
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