During the Euro 2012 tournament the languagecaster team will be looking at some of the words and phrases that emerge from the competition. Today we explain the phrase ‘to chase shadows’

During the Euro 2012 tournament the languagecaster team will be looking at some of the words and phrases that emerge from the competition. Today we explain the phrase ‘to chase shadows‘. You can understand more about the word or phrase by listening to the mp3 and reading the transcript below. You can also find many more examples by going to our football phrase page here football cliches here and our huge football glossary here.

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Today’s Euro 2012 football phrase is ‘to chase shadows‘ which means that despite your best efforts you are unable to catch up with someone else as they are too quick for you. We also use this to show the gulf between one team and another – the weaker side is left chasing shadows as they are unable to get close to their opponents. This is what happened last night in the Euro 2012 Group C match between Spain and Ireland where the Spanish dominated the Irish who hardly touched the ball – they were chasing shadows all game. To chase shadows.

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