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beautiful game


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the beautiful game (uncountable)

  1. (sometimes capitalized) association football (soccer).
    • 2014 November 14, Stephen Halliday, “Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland: Maloney the hero”, in The Scotsman[1]:
      Amid all the fevered anticipation of this fixture, few would have expected to witness an aesthetically pleasing example of the beautiful game.
    • 1990, Fauzi Omar, "Cheers to Kedah But Not At All to Fifa," New Straits Times (Malaysia), 18 Dec., p. 32:
      After watching Saturday's final, don't you agree that soccer is still the beautiful game that Pelé called it?
  2. (Canada) ice hockey.

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  • Always preceded by the.