To be overjoyed; elated; very, very happy – especially after scoring or winning. This cliché is not as popular as it used to be in the 1970s when it seemed that every player mentioned it at least once when being interviewed. Nowadays players know that it is a cliché and so tend to avoid it. It is the opposite of sick as a parrot, which means to be gutted or very upset.
Football, like life, is full of cliches and on today’s post we are going to be talking about a classic – one that everyone in the game knows about: To be over the moon. This and other phrases come with a transcript and separate audio file which can help with listening and reading practice as well as improve vocabulary building. They can be accessed by clicking here and you can also find a list of football language in alphabetical order by visiting our football glossary page here.