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    From No Setanta? No worries - England put four past Croatia in their own back yard | Mail Online

    7.55pm: Good evening, there's no Paul Robinson and no Wally with a Brolly in Zagreb tonight but there's a little frisky winger called Theo, who all England fans hope will be running the Croats ragged on their own patch.

    What do the expression in bold mean?

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    Re: running the Croats ragged on their own patch

    running ragged - beating easily
    on their own patch - at Croatoa's home ground

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    Smile Re: running the Croats ragged on their own patch

    Quote Originally Posted by dilermando View Post
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    7.55pm: Good evening, there's no Paul Robinson and no Wally with a Brolly in Zagreb tonight but there's a little frisky winger called Theo, who all England fans hope will be running the Croats ragged on their own patch.

    What do the expression in bold mean?
    I was wondering if "no Wally with a Brolly" is an expression. I don't know those names.


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    Re: running the Croats ragged on their own patch

    "Wally" is a slang term for someone who is silly and/or inept. It is also the name of a character in books for children>> Where's Wally? - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    "Brolly" is short for umbrella.

    I think the writer just came up with a nice rhythmic phrase.

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    Re: running the Croats ragged on their own patch

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    "Wally" is a slang term for someone who is silly and/or inept. It is also the name of a character in books for children>> Where's Wally? - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    "Brolly" is short for umbrella.

    I think the writer just came up with a nice rhythmic phrase.
    - but maybe the writer didn't think it up. When it rains at a football match, the players get wet. To show solidarity with them, the manager usually doesn't have an umbrella - sometimes they don't wear a waterproof of any kind. Jose Mourinho, for example, is famous for - among other things - just turning up the collar of his overcoat.

    Perhaps some previous football manager - I don't follow it closely enough to know - has this nick-name (although it might be a barb repeated often in this writer's column).

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    Re: running the Croats ragged on their own patch

    True - it rather depends if the writer meant to capitalise "Wally" or not. a wally with a brolly would certainly be extremely irritating in a crowd.

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