Definition of route one noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


route one

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[uncountable] (British English)
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(in football (soccer )) kicking the ball a long way towards your opponent’s end, used as a direct way of attacking, rather than passing the ball between players In the second half they gave up the clever stuff and resorted to route one. Word Originfrom a phrase used in the 1960s television quiz show Quizball, in which questions (graded in difficulty) led to scoring a goal, Route One being the direct path.