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 be all over (a team). Click on the link below to hear the word or phrase, while you can also read the transcript below that. You can also find many more examples by going to our football phrase page here football cliches here and our huge football glossary here.
Listen here: To be all over.mp3
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)