Weekly Football Phrase: To be all over (a team)

On this week’s show we feature the phrase to be all over (a team)

On this week’s show we feature the phrase to be all over (a team). You can read the transcript for this podcast below, while you can also check out our glossary of footballing phrases here and visit our site to access all our previous posts and podcasts. If you have any suggestions or questions then you can contact us at admin@languagecaster.com.

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To be all over a team

This week’s phrase for football is ‘To be all over (a team)‘, which means that one team completely dominates another team: they are much better than their opponents. To be all over also means to be completely finished but when we use words such as a team, a team name or the pronoun ‘them’ after this phrase it changes its meaning to dominant. This week Tottenham beat Aston Villa 2-0 in a Premier League match but the scoreline did not truly reflect the dominance of the home side: they were all over Villa. To be all over (a team)



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  • What does “all” mean here?

    6 min: It’s been all Argentina in the early going, but neither side has generated a serious chance with most of the action taking place in the middle third.

    • Hi Dwi,

      ‘all Argentina’ means that Argentina have dominated the possession and attacking efforts – all of the action is coming from Argentina and their opponents are on the back foot.

      Hope that helps,