relegation zone

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relegation zone (plural relegation zones)

  1. (sports) The bottom part of e.g. a sports table, listing how well teams have played over a period of time. All teams that end up in the relegation zone are relegated.
    • 2010 December 28, Marc Vesty, “Stoke 0 - 2 Fulham”, in BBC[1]:
      The Cottagers had previously gone eight games without a win and had slipped into the relegation zone over Christmas, with boss Hughes criticised by fans after their 3-1 home defeat by fellow basement battlers West Ham on Boxing Day.