bursting out of the gate


Senior Member
This is football (soccer). I don't understand the phrase "bursting out of the gate" here. Could you please explain?

62' What a disaster this is turning into for Sunderland. In a game which many were calling a must-win, they came bursting out of the gate to jump out to a two-goal lead, but a lapse in concentration at the stroke of half-time and a sending off have seen their advantage disintegrate! Sunderland 2 - 2 West Ham United LIVE Commentary - 10/3/15 Premier League - Goal.com
  • perpend

    American English
    "breaking the gates open" ... sort of like at the horse races, when horses "burst out of the gate".


    American English
    In the beginning of the match they were chomping at the bit (like a horse, bursting out of a gate).

    With that energy, they went up 2-0.
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