take a dive
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- (idiomatic, boxing) To feign a knockout in order to lose intentionally.
1950, Archer, Jules, I Sell What I Write, page 44:
- I decided there could be a nice bit of irony in a situation where a boxer, with a crown his for the taking, deliberately takes a dive to get revenge on the man he hates, who is betting everything on the boxer's victory.
2015 December 31, Pushkin, Vadim, “Povetkin Promoter Praises Fury, Rejects Klitschko Dive Claim”, in Boxing Scene, retrieved 2016-08-03:
- The businessman turned promoter rejected some of overseas rumors going around that Klitschko bet a large portion of funds on himself and then took a dive to collect.
- (idiomatic) To lose or fail intentionally.
- throw (“to intentionally lose a game”)