Definition of sending off in US English:

sending off

nounPlural sendings off

  • (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 turning point was probably the sending off of their midfielder’
    ‘a wonderfully exciting second half finishes with two goals and a sending off’
    • ‘The sending-off came at a crucial time, with the team slightly on top and looking to be steering towards their 40th title.’
    • ‘"We didn't take advantage of his sending-off as we should have done," Beckham said.’
    • ‘The winger is suspended after his sending-off in the 1-1 home draw with West Ham.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We had defended really well but my sending-off probably cost us the game.’
    • ‘He felt that punching was not a sending-off offence and blames referees for taking the physical side out of rugby.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They will strenuously appeal the defender's sending-off in Sunday's final.’