Every week during the 2010-11 season, the languagecaster team explain a football phrase or cliche for learners of English who love the sport. This week we look at the relegation battle and the phrase ‘to be in your own hands‘. 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 cliches here and our huge football glossary here.

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This week’s English for football phrase is ‘to be in your own hands’ which means that a team is in control of their own destiny, they do not have to rely on other teams or results. Currently, in the relegation battle at the foot of the English Premier League, Blackpool can win their last game and still go down – their chance of survival is out of their hands; while if Blackburn win their last game they will stay up – their fate is still in their own hands. To be in your own hands.

Example: Premier League safety in Brighton’s own hands, says Chris Hughton (Sky Sports, 2019 16 April)

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