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 v. phr.— «Cole was fined £100,000 for being led—”manipulated” in the word of the independent commission or “tapped up” in soccer parlance—by his agent to the meeting while he still had 2½ years remaining on a five-year contract.» —“Lawyers smell blood as star is punished” by Rob Hughes in London, England International Herald Tribune June 2, 2005. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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