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Take a dive

DEFINITION

Purposefully lose a competition. Bribed to fail. Dive of course refers to going down, such as in diving into water, so in that sense dive means to appear to falter. Typically used in sports events, such as boxing, where betting is involved as the contestant who takes the dive is paid to lose so bettors can benefit by betting against a winner.

“There was a lot of money being bet on the boxing match. I think the young guy took a dive because there is no way he could have lost to that older, slower boxer.”

 

 

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