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Today’s English for football expression comes from the world of transfers and is the phrase ‘ to step up. Generally, this phrase means to improve or to increase and can collocate with such words as pressure – to step up the pressure – or interest – to step up interest in someone. In football this phrase is often used during the transfer window when one team wishes to sign a new player – they step up their interest in the player. A similar phrase is to step up their bid, which means that the club are on the verge of making an offer for a player. So for example, this week Chelsea stepped up their interest in Tottenham player Luka Modric. To step up their interest.

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