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Vocabulary: Week 15

Here are some words and phrases you can hear on this week’s languagecaster’s Good, Bad and Ugly section of the podcast – a review of the footballing news. For more English practice check out our worksheets, football glossary and English for football phrases.

  • all eyes are on: the main news story, everybody is talking about…

Example: All eyes have been on Maradona since his appointment.

  • win under the belt: got the result, a good start (should be able to relax more in the next game)

Example: Maradona’s got that win under his belt.

  • bitter rivals: huge rivals, usually with a lot of history between the clubs

Example: Mascherano is a former River Plate player, bitter rivals of Boca, Maradona’s former team.

  • on a high note: with a good result, with a good performance

Example: He finished his first year as England manager on a very high note indeed.

  • to brew: to loom, to start, to be imminent – used with trouble, problem, storm etc.

Example: Theo Walcott’s club boss Wenger will not be pleased at all and we may see a club versus country row brewing.

  • to give (someone) a break: to not criticise, to give a second chance, to not be too harsh.

Example: Give the man (the referee) a break! Even on replay it wasn�t an easy decision to make.

  • to be fed up: tired of, angry with, annoyed with, sick of

Example: China Central TV, is fed up of a series of players� attitudes and actions, most recently a fight between the players and staff of Beijing and Tianjin.

  • full-blown: big, full-scale, total

Example: A full-blown riot ensued after the match (in Uruguay) and the league has been suspended.


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