Pickup football

joh2001smile

Senior Member
Chinese
This is from a leadership book. I googled for "pickup football" and found it seemed to be a kind of football game for amateur players, and there are no horses involved. What does it mean here?

Context:
Pickup football taught me how to handicap horses--- who will perform and who will not.
 
  • Your research seems right. I didn't see any horses involved either. However, context is not only the sentence in which a phrase appears, it is also - and above all - sentences preceding and following your sentence, as well as any circumstances connected with your coming across the phrase.
     

    liliput

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    U.K. English
    Horses are given handicaps according to how well it is thought they will perform (or something like that - it's not really my field). This kind of assessment presumably requires some considerable skill. The author acquired a similar skill with regards to the players of pick-up football (rather than horses).
     
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