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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Canada led 12-5 and kicked the ball into touch as the ITV clock showed the 80 minutes up.
Gareth Anscombe kicked the ball into touch and it was all over, the Blues climbing past Edinburgh into 8th in the table and opening up a fivepoint gap on the Dragons.
Despite only trailing by six Newcastle kicked the ball into touch rather than going for the win, a call Tait insists brought mixed emotions.
With ten minutes left to play, Droylsden kicked the ball into touch as one of their players needed treatment for an injury.
Distillery scored a crucial equaliser from a quick throw-in after Coleraine had kicked the ball into touch to allow attention for an opposition player lying on the ground.
Catt was the player who kicked the ball into touch to ensure England won the 2003 Rugby World Cup.
The referee said there was enough time to kick off and after a frantic exchange Redcar's Kyle Whyte kicked the ball into touch for Redcar to win the game 24-20.
Tevez had done exactly the same as Terry earlier in the game, who's kicked the ball into touch near United's corner flag as a means of returning possession after a teammate had received medical attention.
The Palace boss felt Darren Ward should have just done the basics and kicked the ball into touch as he lost possession in the build-up to Leicester's opener.
Strachan was left fuming when Caley Thistle did not kick the ball back to Artur Boruc after Celtic had kicked the ball into touch when Barry Wilson went down injured midway through the second half.
The controversy came two minutes into stoppage time when Albania kicked the ball into touch so striker Igli Tare could receive treatment.
Carsley took a throw-in after Albania kicked the ball into touch to allow Igli Tare to receive treatment.
Only one prop is required for bench duty at this level, and one further difference was on show as Alex Tait kicked the ball into touch just a metre from his line.
If a player fromthe opposing team kicked the ball into touch or missed an easy chance some fans would jump up, arms wide with blazing eyes and tongues stretched so far fromtheir mouths it was if they'd just swallowed a stingy nettle.
It has also been a dream of mine to be able to have the last kick of a championship winning game, just like I did on Saturday when I kicked the ball into touch to signal the end of the game.