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Vocabulary – Week 19

Here are some of the words and phrases that we used on this week’s show.
You can practise the vocabulary with our online crosswords and quizzes here
Also, check out the BBC’s football vocabulary page here

  • Crash out – to fail, to lose in a competition often by a surprising result

Rangers crashed out of the Champions league.

  • kick out of – throw out of, eject from, stop something

When are Roma going to be kicked out of the Champions League.

  • gulf – gap, space

The gulf between the top four clubs in the Premier League and the rest is huge.

  • barely – scarcely, only just

Before 1992, football was barely seen on British television.

  • flock – gather in large numbers like birds

Crowds flocked to the new stadia being built.

  • at the heart of – at the centre of

Sky was at the heart of all of football’s popularity.

  • wield – use power, hold and use a weapon

There are many concerns at the power that Murdoch’s channel wields.

  • dodgy – not reliable, unsafe

Arsenal have hit a bit of dodgy form.

  • run away with – in sport, to win comfortably or easily

Lyon are running away with the league in France.

  • to tip – to predict, give advice

I tipped Bremen to do well, but they lost last week.


I was born and brought up near Chester in the north west of England. I have always loved playing and talking about sport, especially football!
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