(to be) Up for grabs

Off the MarkToday’s football phrase is ‘Up for grabs’.

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This week’s English for football phrase is ‘up for grabs‘ which is used to describe a situation in which a team has a chance of winning a game or qualifying for the next round of a competition after looking like there was no chance at all. So, for instance, a team is losing 2-0 with only five minutes remaining in the game but they score two quick goals to equalise meaning that the points are now up for grabs.

  • Example: Top spot in the Champions League group is up for grabs after Arsenal’s defeat.
  • Example: The team’s qualification chance is up for grabs after the top two sides both lost

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