Meaning of “play in the hole” in the English Dictionary

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"play in the hole" in British English

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play in the hole

in football, to play in the central area of the playing field, immediately in front of the defenders and behind the other midfielders and forwards:

Although Mulumbu plays most of the game in the hole, he pushes into the box to support the strikers whenever possible.

(Definition of “play in the hole” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)