Context : football (soccer), UK.

Examples:

Westfields’ latest defeat was a 3-0 reverse against high-fliers Alvechurch on Tuesday night.

Barcelona handed a huge boost to title rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid as they slipped to a 1-0 reverse to Real Sociedad on Saturday.

Sunderland, who slip into the bottom three after a second straight defeat following last weekend’s 2-1 reverse at Manchester City, were booed off at half-time.

‘Reverse’ seems to refer to a loss here, but is it entirely synonymous with ‘loss’ or ‘defeat’? If so, what is the origin of the term?

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