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Every week during the 2010-11 season, the languagecaster team explain a football phrase or cliché for learners of English who love the sport. Click on the link below to hear the word or phrase and you can also read the transcript below that. You can find many more examples by going to our football phrase page here football clichés here and our huge football glossary here.
This week’s English for Football phrase is ‘a turn up for the books‘. This phrase is used when you want to say the result of a match was surprising or unexpected. The phrasal verb, to turn up, means to arrive or appear unexpectedly. The final part of this phrase, ‘the books‘ refers to the records or information of ‘bookies‘ – a casual word for people or companies that take bets on sports, especially horse racing. At the beginning of the season in la Liga, Hercules beat Barcelona, and last week West Brom beat Arsenal in the Premier League. Both results were a surprise, they were both unexpected, each one was a turn up for the books.
A turn up for the books.