Each week the languagecaster team will explain a football phrase or cliche for learners of English who love the sport. This week we explain the phrase ‘spare your blushes’.
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.
Another new English for football phrase from the languagecaster team – this week to have one foot in
Football Cliche: To gatecrash the top 4
During the Copa América the languagecaster team will explain a football phrase or cliche for learners of English who love the sport. Today’s phrase is ‘to cancel out’
This week’s English for football phrase is to end in tears. As the word tears implies, this phrase is used when something bad happens, when something ends sadly or not in the way you wanted.
This week we explain the cliche ‘to leave everything on the pitch’
This week’s English for football phrase is ‘to be up for it’. This expression means that you are ready for something, you are motivated…
Every week during the 2010-11 season, the languagecaster team explain a football phrase or cliche for learners of English who love the sport. Football Cliche: The Red Mist
Languagecaster weekly football phrase: Pull the trigger
This week’s football phrase is ‘to hold the ball up’
This week’s phrase is ‘an off the ball incident’
What does ‘draw a blank’ mean?
What does ‘hit on the break’ mean?
What does ‘top drawer’ mean in football?
Weekly Football Phrase: To dump out of…
In this post we explain the phrase ‘to be in the dark’
This week’s phrase is a ‘wake up call’
Every week during the 2010-11 season, the languagecaster team explain a football phrase or cliché for learners of English who love the sport – this week we explain ‘to slam’
A manager speaks: Continuing with our look at the world of football language, we post an interview from 2007 that we carried out with manager on what kind of clichés he uses and why
Can we really translate the language of football? This article looks at recent improvements in translation software and wonders if it’s possible for the language of football to be translated?