drift out


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This is football (soccer). I wonder whether "drift out" here mean to move slowly? Am I right?
77'GOAL! Chelsea have pulled
one back! Pedro drifts out to the left wing to pick up the ball before whipping a beautiful cross into the heart of the penalty area. It flies over the head of Huth and right onto the head of Remy, who rises high before beating Schmeichel with a bullet header. Game on!
Leicester City 2 - 1 Chelsea LIVE Commentary - 14/12/2015 Premier League - Goal.com
  • dermott

    Senior Member
    B.E. via Australian English
    Not so much slowly but he doesn't rush after the ball, he takes his time to get there. There's a difference. It's metaphorical use of drift, as in a boat that drifts on the tide.
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