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 clichés here and our huge football glossary here.
Listen here: To pull the trigger.mp3
This week’s English for football is ‘to pull the trigger‘. The trigger is the part of a gun that you pull to fire the bullet. In football, when a player pulls the trigger he or she shoots. Usually the shot is a powerful one from around the edge of the area. This phrase is often used when a player has been running or dribbling with the ball for quite a long period of time and everyone is waiting or expecting a shot. Fans might shout ‘Come on pull the trigger!‘. Commentators might say, ‘He’s got to pull the trigger soon,‘ or if the player is tackled before shooting, ‘He should have pulled the trigger earlier.‘
To pull the trigger