In this football language post we look at the phrase ‘to clip the heel of‘, which is a phrase used when talking about fouls. If you have questions or comments about this or any other phrase then email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The verb to ‘clip‘ used with the noun ‘heel(s)’ – to ‘clip someone’s heel‘, or to ‘clip the heel of someone‘ is a way of talking about a foul. The heel is the back part of the foot – toes at the front, sole at the bottom, and heel at the back. If you clip someone’s heel, you kick the back of their foot as they are running. A clip is a slight touch. Doing this means the runner will usually fall over because their heel is clipped, hit, and their legs become tangled up. Basically, to clip someone’s heel is to trip them over, to foul them.
Here’s an example from Joe.com as a footballer discusses a deliberate foul:“De Bruyne broke in the 89th minute, I’ve slid and clipped his heel. They’re the ones you appreciate other lads doing.”
So, the player slid and tackled De Bruyne by clipping his heel, probably stopping the attack and giving away a free kick – a professional foul.