beautiful game

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the beautiful game (uncountable)

  1. (sometimes capitalized) Nickname for football (soccer).
    • 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?

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  • Always preceded by the.