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root for sb

informal
verb uk phrasal verb with root   /ruːt/ us  
to show support for someone who is doing something difficult: Good luck! We're all rooting for you.B1 mainly US ( UK usually support) If you root for a sports team or a sports player, you want them to win, and might show it by going to watch them play: Most of the crowd were rooting for the home team.
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