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Weekly Football Phrase: To Slice

Languagecaster’s weekly football phrase this week is the verb ‘to slice’. You can find out more about this football phrase by reading the transcript below and listening to the audio file. You can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here.

Weekly Football Phrase – To Slice

This week’s football expression is the verb to slice. It is a verb to describe the action of kicking the ball, but not successfully. You can say a player sliced a shot and less frequently sliced a pass. The meaning is that the ball did not go where the player intended, but instead went at an angle away from the planned line. So, if a player sliced a shot wide of the goal, the shot was a poor one that went a long way to the side of the goal posts. Here is a description from espn’s football website describing a Nottingham Forest player’s shot: “McGoldrick sliced his shot badly wide“. We can see that the reporter added the adverb ‘badly’ to emphasise the poor quality of the shot. To slice.

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