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against the run of play
- (idiomatic) Contrary to the flow of the game.
2011 January 8, Chris Bevan, “Arsenal 1 - 1 Leeds”, in BBC:
- The Gunners dominated for long periods but, against the run of play, Denilson fouled Max Gradel and Robert Snodgrass put Leeds ahead from the spot.