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Weekly Footbal Phrase: out of their hands

their handsThis week, introduces the English for football phrase ‘out of their hands‘. You can understand more about this phrase by reading the transcript below. You can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here.
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Out of their hands

This week, we look at the phrase to be ‘out of their hands‘. If something is out of your hands it means that you do not have control over something, you cannot decide something. What is more, another person is able to decide what happens. Let’s look at a situation in the Premier League: Tottenham and Chelsea recently played each other. Before the game, if Tottenham won all their remaining three games they would finish at least fourth and get a Champions League place. To qualify for the Champions League was ‘in’ their hands. However, they drew with Chelsea and now, even if they win their last two games, it will not guarantee a fourth spot finish – qualifying for the Champions League is out of their hands.

Check out more football phrases by visiting our huge glossary page, where you can find hundreds of words, phrases and cliches connected to the world of football. If there is a phrase you need explaining send us a comment or email and we will try to explain it for you.

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