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redshirting

[ red-shur-ting ]
/ ˈrɛdˌʃɜr tɪŋ /
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noun
  1. the practice of keeping a high school or college athlete out of varsity competition for one year to develop skills and extend eligibility.
  2. the practice of delaying a child from starting kindergarten for one year, believed by some parents to give the child academic, athletic, and social advantages: academic redshirting;Is redshirting common practice at your school?
the practice of quickly killing off a newly introduced character in a TV show or movie.
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Origin of redshirting

An Americanism dating back to 1970–80; redshirt + -ing1
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