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  1. Banned
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    Take A Dive For Fight

    In boxing, 'take a dive' means losing on purpose. From time to time, people would say:

    "The boxer took a dive for that fight."

    I'm curious about 'for', which seems to suggest that 'the fight' was the reason for 'taking a dive'. Should it be corrected to:

    "The boxer took a dive in that fight."

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    Re: Take A Dive For Fight

    In boxing, 'take a dive' means losing on purpose. From time to time, people would say:

    "The boxer took a dive for that fight."

    People do not say that. All the occurrences of "take a dive for" and "took a dive for" in the Corpus of American English refer to the financial compensation the fighter received; for example "He took a dive for $600."

    So, yes, it should be corrected to in.

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