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an early bath

A premature end to something. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Take an early bath, Edwards! I don't tolerate illegal hits on my playing field!
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an early bath

BRITISH
If a football or rugby player has an early bath, they are sent off the pitch before the end of the game, because they have broken the rules. When it is a midfield player who takes an early bath, the impact is almost zero. Ref Graeme Allison had no hesitation in sending the 16-year-old for an early bath. Note: In football and other sports, players who are sent off cannot return to the field and so can take a bath before the game is finished.
See also: bath, early
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After all, at this time of year being sent for an early bath is more of a reward than a punishment.
And hopefully, they'll ALL be taking an early bath very soon.
But now quite a few players I have noticed are exaggerating a foul when tumbling over and holding on to their leg apparently hoping for an opposing player to be shown the red card and off to an early bath.
I reported the fact that on the 15th June, after I nearly had an early bath, and was told they would get on to it, as it was a state of urgency.
Boca lost three of their back four in quick succession as Jonathan Silva, Gino Peruzzi and Daniel Diaz were dismissed before Carlos Tevez was head-butted by Gabriel Mercado to spark a huge brawl which saw Mercado and his River teammate Pisculichi take an early bath.
Best was dismissed for an apparent elbow in the Leeds man's face, with Berardi - who was left with a bloody nose - joining him for an early bath for his reaction.
SAM Burgess' early Bath debut will be "a bonus" for his chances of making next year's World Cup squad, according to Stuart Lancaster.
As the pair went for an early bath, other footballers then began to brawl on the pitch, with one picking up the pitchfork which had been left out by a groundsman.
Winters made no mistake from the penalty spot while Black headed for an early bath.
He then controversially sent Everton''s Jack Rodwell for an early bath in the derby at Goodison in October but that red card was subsequently rescinded.
A second bookable offence for Suk Won-jung, who first sliced Tinga on 23 minutes and then obstructed him on the 34th minute helped further mute Seongnam's potency as the youngster walked for an early bath, leaving the Koreans with ten men.
Simple measures like encouraging mothers to feed newborns in the first hour ( in some regions, this is delayed owing to superstitions), avoiding early bath, proper dressing of the umbilical cord stump and providing an ambulance to ferry the mother and child to a healthcare facility, in case of an emergency, can save the lives of lakhs of children every year.
The game finished with both sides down to 10 men with Morecambe full-back Danny Curtis also sentenced to an early bath for a professional foul on Jake Robinson.
The game ended on a sour note when first Prestatyn midfielder Ross Hannen receivedastraight redcardfor retaliation and a minute later County's Dyfan Pierce was also sent for an early bath foranasty challenge on Neil Gibson.
IRELAND: Paddy Wallace faces England tomorrow hoping to avoid another early bath.