Here is a sentence from a text describing a football match:

You can play the ball along the floor for your winger to run on to.

Any suggestions on the meaning of the phrase "to run on to" here?

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That's a common phrase in football. The meaning might not be obvious at first, but once you understand it it's actually quite a literal description. It describes a type of pass typically played towards a team mate who is already running.

Instead of being passed directly towards the player's feet, the ball is passed into empty space ahead of the player, at the right speed for the ball to reach that space at the same time as the player. The receiving player has to literally run on to the trajectory of the pass.

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