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Each week the languagecaster team will explain a football phrase or cliche for learners of English who love the sport. On this week’s show we feature the phrase ‘to stay the course’. Click on the link below to learn about the word or phrase, while you can also read the transcript. You can also find many more examples by going to our football phrase page here football cliches here and our huge football glossary here.
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This week’s languagecaster football phrase is also a phrase used in horse racing. It is ‘to stay the course‘. The course in the phrase refers originally to the racetrack horses ran on, but when the phrase is used in football ‘course‘ becomes the season – in the Premier League in England the season is 38 matches.’To stay‘ means to last, to be able to complete, to finish, but also it has the added nuance of keeping the same good performance level. So, to stay the course means to finish the season strongly, to continue playing as well as now. As we start 2012 there are 18 games left in the season and Manchester City are playing well and are three points clear, but can they stay the course? Can they keep top spot until May? To stay the course.