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kick (something) into touch

1. In rugby or soccer, to kick the ball outside of the bounds of play (i.e., "into touch"). Primarily heard in UK. Their team has been kicking the ball into touch much more frequently in these final minutes as they attempt to defend a narrow lead.
2. By extension, to halt or stall something, especially a plan or project, so as to postpone having to make a decision or action regarding it. Primarily heard in UK. I say we kick the app release date into touch until we can all agree on a marketing plan for it.
See also: kick, touch
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We showed true spirit by taking quick tap penalties when it would have been easier to kick into touch.
And not even the sight of 'The Claw' could deter the Cork Con back in the closing stages as he dispatched another kick into touch as Young Munster desperately chased a game that always seem to elude them.
A line-out near half way followed Ian Wynn's kick into touch on the full, and Waterloo took it so quickly that Mercer was able to catch and charge all the way to the line.