the rout was on

idiom

used to say that a game or contest becomes one in which the winner easily defeats the loser by a large amount
After they scored their fourth goal, the rout was on.

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“The rout was on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20rout%20was%20on. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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