Every week during the 2010-11 season, the languagecaster team explain a football phrase or cliché for learners of English who love the sport. To lose the plot
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.
This week’s English for football phrase is to fear a backlash which means to be provoked into a reaction after something strange or surprising has taken place.
This week we feature the cliche ‘form is temporary, class is permanent
This week’s English football phrase is the expression to play to the whistle which basically means to keep playing until you hear the referee blow his whistle to stop the game.
This week’s football phrase for English is ‘sorry’ as in a ‘sorry performance’
This week’s English phrase for football is ‘to pull something out of the bag
Football, like life, is full of cliches and on today’s post we are going to be talking about a classic – one that everyone in the game knows about: To be as sick as a parrot.
Football, like life, is full of cliches and on today’s post we are going to be talking about a classic – one that everyone in the game knows about: To be over the moon.
Today’s World Cup phrase of the day is the phrase ‘to not take lightly’
Today’s World Cup phrase of the day is the expression to hold on.
The Hand of God, refers to a goal scored by Maradona against England in the 1986 World Cup quarter finals – scored with his hand.
Today’s World Cup phrase of the day is to lack a creative spark.
To be out of their depth
World Cup phrase of the day is ‘to blow wide open’
English Football Phrase: To Thump A Team
English Football Phrase: To give the ball away cheaply
This week’s football phrase or cliche for learners of English is run riot
This week’s English for football expression is the phrase to be a handful which means that something or someone is difficult to handle or control.
Football Cliché: To run your socks off
What’s the meaning of the cliche ‘collector’s item’?