hit with more venom

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The word "venom" usually means poison, in a football context what does it mean?

Spurs 1-1 Leeds (61 mins)
Leeds will be particularly frustrated with that as, just moments before, Gelhardt had two decent opportunities. Both came from similar positions on opposite sides, about 12 yards out at reasonably narrow angles on either side of the box.

Both left-footed strikes, the first from Leeds' left wing was never troubling Lloris and the second from the right, hit with more venom but again comfortable for the goalkeeper
 

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Hit with more power.
 

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Could I say "his vemon went well wide" to mean his hard shot went well wide?
 

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No. As a general guide, you can only sensibly use venom as a direct substitute for 'power', because it doesn't refer to the shot itself but to the force behind the shot.

His power went well wide. ❌
 

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So, "venom" means power, not a really hard shot, doesn't it?
 
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It is not the shot- it describes it.
 

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As Tdol says, venom is not the shot itself.

It's probably a good idea for you to focus first on the preposition phrase with venom as an adverbial to describe the powerful and attacking manner with which one can strike the ball.
 
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