(to) Break a Hoodoo
The word hoodoo is usually associated with bad luck or possibly even a curse. In football, if a team attempts to break its hoodoo it means that it probably has not beaten another team or won at a certain place for a long time.
- Example: Tottenham broke their hoodoo at Old Trafford and won there this season for the first time in over twenty years
- Example: Scottish club Hibernian were unable to break their Scottish Cup hoodoo when they lost to Hearts in the 2012 final. They have now gone more than 100 years without being able to win the trophy.