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Old 27th November 2007, 6:40 PM   #1
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What does "form team" mean when applied to business?

I have been told by my boss that I am the "form team" in our company. He is a sports nut. How would you translate this?
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Old 27th November 2007, 6:46 PM   #2
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I've never heard that term before in business and I also enjoy a number of sports.

Are you from the UK? If so, might it be UK specific?
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Old 27th November 2007, 7:00 PM   #3
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I'm not in the UK. Weird.

This is what I found when googling:
"Earlier in the week premiership favourites Parramatta labelled the Tigers the form team of the competition"

I think that it means team most likely to win in a competition or something. Not quite sure how it translates to me but I guess it's a compliment.
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Old 27th November 2007, 7:10 PM   #4
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You got me!!

It sounds Brit for some reason.
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Old 14th December 2007, 1:25 PM   #5
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I'm fairly sure it's a British thing. It's commonly used to describe the best team in a league, or in a specific competition. We'd probably call it the 'team to beat'

It's the equivalent of 'best in class' - not precisely the 'best ever', but 'best of those we have'. I've been told that in UK schools, especially high-end boarding schools, each grade, or 'form', has a soccer (football) team, made of the best players from that form, and that's where the term comes from.

As an american, I might be missing the nuances, or it might come originally from something other than boarding school soccer, but that's the gist.

I'd take it as a substantial compliment.
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