Plant a HeaderIn this football language post we look at the phrase, ‘cruise to victory’ which describes a situation when a team easily, very easily, wins a match. If you have questions or comments about this or any other phrase then email us at:

Cruise to victory

If a team wins a game and they win three points we can say that they have claimed a victory; they are the victorious team. Sometimes, though, they have to work hard to win the game and we can say that they have laboured to victory – which suggests that although the team has won they may not have won convincingly. On the other hand, if a team easily wins a game then we can use the phrase ‘to cruise to victory‘. The verb to cruise when used to describe travel suggests that a trip is very smooth – there have been no problems at all. In football if a team cruises to victory then they have had hardly any trouble or difficulty at all – it has been easy for them to win the game. On Tuesday evening, the champions Manchester City travelled to in-form Burnley which on paper could have been a tricky game. However, they never looked like losing and easily ran out 4-1 winners; with the home side only scoring a late consolation goalTo cruise to victory.

Example: Slick City cruise to victory (Sky Sports, December 4th 2019)

Example: Liverpool cruise to victory over Porto after Naby Keïta’s flying start (Guardian, April 9th 2019)

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