red card

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A red card.


red card (plural red cards)

  1. (sports) A card displayed by the referee when a player is sent off for a serious infringement of the rules.
    In the 1994 Soccer World Cup, Argentine soccer player Diego Maradona was given a red card for striking a US soccer player Tab Ramos.
    • 2010 December 29, Mark Vesty, “Wigan 2 - 2 Arsenal”, in BBC[1]:
      An off the ball incident led to N'Zogbia confronting Wilshere before leaning his head into the Englishman and giving referee Lee Probert no choice but to show the red card.
  2. (colloquial) Any official instructions to vacate an area.
    I hoped to park in the members' area but the attendant showed me the red card.

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