The languagecaster team explain a new football phrase or cliche for learners of English who love the sport. Click on the link below to learn about the phrase ‘men against boys’, that also comes with a transcript.
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.
Hairdryer treatment: An expression used to describe how Sir Alex Ferguson (see Fergie) angrily shouts at players at half-time if they are under-performing.
Football glossary – Fox in the Box – A deadly striker, a player who scores most goals in the box, not particularly skillful but scores a lot of goals. Crafty.
To go down to the wire: When a game, or more usually a league, has an exciting or tight finish. The result is not known until the very end.
To do the double over: To beat a team twice in the same season; winning home and away
Underdog – The team that no one expects to win (opposite of favourites), usually popular with fans (see also ‘minnow’).
To Lose the Dressing Room: This expression is used when a manager (or captain) has lost the respect of the rest of the players
This week, languagecaster.com introduce the football cliche ‘it’s a funny old game’.
(to) Get off to a flier: This simply means that a team has started a match or the season very well indeed
Dead man walking: This refers to a manager who everyone knows will soon be sacked; will soon be fired. He will soon lose his job.
Days are numbered: We use this expression to describe a situation in which a manager (or player) is about to lose their job: they are under intense pressure
A cracker: A very exciting match, usually with lots of goals OR a great goal
To come back from the dead: To make a remarkable comeback, to stage a fightback when all seems lost
(to) Come a Cropper: This phrase is used to describe a situation when a team fails badly at something particularly a big team against a smaller team
Chickens Come Home to Roost: This expression is used to say that something bad has happened because of mistakes, or bad behaviour, in the past. It is close to the idea of ‘karma’ in many Asian religions, or the phrase, ‘you reap what you sow’.
This week, languagecaster.com brings you the football phrase ‘mind games’. You can understand more about the word or phrase by reading the transcript below.