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    win at a canter

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning the interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Rooney scored a brace as Milan's old legs finally caught up with them as United came from behind to win at a canter until some late drama that saw United's Michael Carrick dismissed in injury time for a second booking.

    win at a canter = win hands down = win easily


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    Re: win at a canter


    It's a metaphor from horse-racing, where the leading horse is so far in the lead that it does not need to gallop.


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