kick (something) into touch

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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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Each time they kick the ball into touch under no pressure or don't understand the premise of 'pass and move', it feels like they are crushing my memories and kicking the young version of me in the stomach.
It's very difficult for me to stand here and say you can't kick the ball into touch for them, and can't tackle for them," he said.
As Jordan Henderson complained about his failure to kick the ball into touch as Asamoah Gyan lay hurt on the pitch, the striker shoved the Sunderland star in the face.
He looked anything but in a dreadful first half which saw the 24-year-old kick the ball into touch three times, have another attempt charged down and fumble the ball in possession.
Ferguson feels it is another example of the rules being bent - and revealed that even his own players have refused to obey him whenever he has told them not to kick the ball into touch to allow injuries to be treated.
The bravery of the Scots was epitomised by Rory Lamont, who elected to dive on the ball in the first half and take a mighty clatter to the head from Iain Balshaw's knee when the easiest and safest option would have been to kick the ball into touch in his own 22.
But the Triple Crown holders, having established the 30-point cushion that would have been enough to land the title, opted not to kick the ball into touch even though the clock had passed 80 minutes.
Barton appeared deliberately to stamp on Mendes's heel and then compounded the felony by barging into Gary O'Neil when the Pompey midfielder tried to kick the ball into touch to allow his stricken team-mate to be treated.
Eidur Gudjohnsen then angered Barcelona players when he refused to kick the ball into touch with Motta on the floor injured.
3 mins: Alfie's first meaningful contribution to the game is to kick the ball into touch on the full and put Wales immediately under pressure near his own 22.
We showed true spirit by taking quick tap penalties when it would have been much easier to kick the ball into touch.
If you are deep in your own half, though,it can be dangerous to try and run the ball the entire length of the pitch, so teams will aim to kick the ball into touch in their opponents'half.
Eidur Gudjohnsen angered Barcelona players when he refused to kick the ball into touch with Thiago Motta on the floor injured.
You don't have to kick the ball into touch, but we have to keep them penned in their own half.
You can't go on to the field and kick the ball into touch - we were playing 1970s stuff.