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Weekly Football Phrase: Lacklustre

lacklustreThis week’s football phrase is the adjective lacklustre. 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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This week’s phrase is a compound adjective made up of two words, ‘lack‘ and ‘lustre‘. To lack means to have a shortage of something, and because of this, to need something. Lustre is from an old French word, meaning, shine or sparkle. The combination, therefore, means to not shine, to not have any energy, and is used to describe a rather slow, poor performance. A lacklustre performance.

  • Example: Lewandowski powered Juan Bernat’s cross home, and Robben ran clear of the lacklustre home defence to blast the fourth (Bayern Munich vs Roma in the Champions League)
  • Example: It meant a rare start for Rickie Lambert but Liverpool were again lacklustre going forward until Lallana’s goal, which was entirely out of keeping …. (

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