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Every week during the 2010-11 season, the languagecaster team explain a football phrase or cliché for learners of English who love the sport. Click on the link below to hear the word or phrase and you can also read the transcript below that. You can find many more examples by going to our football phrase page here football clichés here and our huge football glossary here.


This week’s English for football phrase is to turn a corner which means to improve a bad situation. It is not truly a football phrase but is commonly used in the game, particularly when a team starts to play well or to gain positive results after going through a bad patch. West Ham have had a very bad start to the season but after last week’s win over Wigan in the Premier League and Wednesday’s Carling Cup thrashing of Manchester United it seems that West Ham may have finally turned the corner. To turn a corner.

Example: Simon Mignolet convinced that Liverpool have turned a corner in their struggles against lesser Premier League teams (The Independent, May 2nd 2017)

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