hidingIn this week’s English for football phrase we focus on Manchester United’s poor start to the 2014-15 season and in particular their ‘hiding‘ from MK Dons in the Capital One Cup. Find out more about this phrase by reading the transcript below and listening to the audio. 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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(a) Hiding

When a team is badly defeated or thrashed we sometimes use the noun ‘a hiding‘ to describe this defeat. The team received a hiding or the team were given a hiding. Synonyms for this noun include a thrashing, a heavy defeat or a trouncing.

  • Example: Manchester United were given a hiding by lowly MK Dons in the Capital One Cup this week.
  • Example: The manager was fired after is team received yet another hiding at the weekend.
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