Languagecaster Weekly Football Phrase: To be on the brink

Every week during the 2010-11 season, the languagecaster team explain a football phrase or cliche for learners of English who love the sport. This week’s phrase is ‘To be on the brink’

In this post, we explain the football phrase ‘To be on the brink’.To be on the brink

  • Find out more about this phrase by reading the transcript below.
  • You can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here.

Football Language: To be on the brink

Listen here: To be on the brink.mp3

This week’s English for football phrase is ‘to be on the brink’ which means something has almost happened, something is on the verge of happening. Last week Manchester United beat rivals Chelsea 2-1 to move 6 points clear with only two games remaining which means the Red Devils only need a point to secure their nineteenth title, they are on the brink of winning the league. On the brink can also be used in a negative sense. London club West Ham, for example, are on the brink of being relegated as they lie at the foot of the table To be on the brink.

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