This week, languagecaster takes a look at the phrase to spill over. You can understand more about the word or phrase by reading the transcript below. You can also find many more examples by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here.
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Today, we focus on the phrase ‘to spill over‘. This phrase is made from the verb ‘to spill‘, which means to accidentally drop some liquid and the preposition ‘over‘, which has the meaning of crossing something like a line or a boundary. Together, and when used in the context of a football match, the phrase often means that the emotions of competition and rivalry spill over, are translated, into aggression and violence. In the World Cup qualifiers earlier this week, a tense game between Serbia and England spilled over into violence as some Serbian staff and players assaulted the English players. This weekend there are many big derbies taking place and managers will be warning their players not to let their emotions spill over as they may lose focus or worse be booked twice and sent off.
To spill over.