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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.