Each week the languagecaster team explains a football phrase or cliche for learners of English who love the sport. On this week’s show we take a look at the cliche ‘It’s the hope that kills you’. Click on the link below to learn about the word or phrase, while you can also read the transcript. You can also find many more examples by going to our huge football glossary here.
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This week we look at a cliche that many football fans may have used on the final weekend of the season: It’s the hope that kills you, which means that having no expectations or hopes may be better as your dreams may not be destroyed in a cruel manner. Before an important match supporters are hoping that their team does well: they want them to win, to qualify for the Champions League or to stay up and avoid relegation. However, fans know that their team may not be good enough or that they need to rely on another team or sometimes a bit of luck to help them. This gives fans hope and allows them to dream. However, this optimistic feeling can be destroyed by a bad decision, poor play or bad luck leaving the fans’ dreams in tatters.
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Last weekend, Manchester United fans were hoping that QPR could prevent Manchester City from winning their game in order for the Reds to win the title. Right up until the 90th minute this hope dream appeared to be coming true until two goals in 90 seconds smashed that hope leaving United fans desolate. It is the hope that kills you.