What does the phrase ‘seen them given’ mean? This football expression suggests that the referee could have awarded a penalty but did not.
Football clichés are expressions or sayings that are often associated with the emotional aspect of the game and they form an important part of the football discourse - all fans of the game know what 110%, sick as a parrot and over the moon mean. Check through the meaning of the following words and phrases on this page and then check your understanding in our football cliche quizzes.
What is a ‘bad day at the office?’ This week’s English for football phrase introduces this cliche.
In honour of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement from Manchester United this week after more than a quarter of a century in charge we look at five Fergie-inspired posts from the Languagecaster.com archives.
This week, languagecaster.com brings you a common football cliche – ‘They wanted it more’.
Pipped at the post: This means to be beaten at the last moment; just before the end of the race or game. In football, we use this to talk about a team who loses the race to be champions at the last minute.
How many different kinds of shots are there in football – here we explain one of them – to lob
This week, languagecaster.com introduces the English football phrase and cliche ‘Roy of the Rovers stuff’.
To not admit defeat; to refuse to give up; to have a great fighting spirit. What cliche describes this attitude? Check our Football glossary.
Do you know what the phrase ‘on paper’ refers to in football? Listen to our weekly football phrase to find out.
(to be) Sent to the stands: To be sent off; to receive a red card; to be removed from the pitch. The stand is where the fans sit and watch the game.
What do you call a small team that has little chance chance of winning? Check out ‘minnow’ in our football glossary.
What’s the missing word in this phrase from the glossary – The ___ merry-go-round?
This English for Football phrase is to be in with a shout and it means to have a chance of doing well in something even though you may not be expected to do so.
The English for Football expression to stamp your authority on something has a basic meaning of showing who is in charge or demonstrating control over someone.
Today’s English for Football expression is a classic footballing cliche – football is a funny old game.
When a plan goes wrong, is not successful, and it results in a disaster you can use the phrase ‘go pear-shaped’