Each week the languagecaster team will explain a football phrase or cliche for learners of English who love the sport. On this week’s show we introduce the phrase ‘To end in tears’. Click on the link below to learn about the word or phrase, while you can also read the transcript. You can also find many more examples by going to our football cliches here and our huge football glossary here.
This week’s English for football phrase is to end in tears. As the word tears implies, this phrase is used when something bad happens, when something ends sadly or not in the way you wanted. Mothers and fathers often tell their children ‘it’ll end in tears’ when a game the kids are playing will result in one child getting angry or upset. Now, in football we use this expression to say that a team has started well, but now has failed. The Champions League was going very well for Barcelona and Liverpool, but it ended in tears when these two teams were knocked out of the semi-finals last week. To end in tears.
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