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get a cap
 v. phr.— «At 16 years, 234 days old, the much-hyped Adu became the youngest player in the history of the U.S. men’s national team to get a cap (soccer parlance for playing in an international match), beating Mike Slivinski’s debut in 1991 by about three months.» —“Chills, spills, few thrills in friendly” by Mark Zeigler Union-Tribune (San Diego, California) Jan. 23, 2006. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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