To Silence the CriticsDuring 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 silence the critics‘. 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 cliches here and our huge football glossary here.

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Today’s Euro 2012 football phrase is ‘to silence the critics’, which means to hit back; to stop your attackers from criticising you. Critics are people who judge the merits of something for example, food, literature, film, music or even football and though these people do offer positive comments more often than not it is often associated with negative feedback. So, for example Russian star Andrei Arshavin has been criticised for recent poor performances but he has said that he aims to silence his critics by performing well at the European championships. He hopes to silence his critics.

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Euro 2012Episode 167