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Football Cliche: To Be Under the Microscope

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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 ‘be under the microscope’. 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 cliches here and our huge football glossary here.

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This week’s football phrase is ‘be under the microscope’. A microscope is a tool used to see very small things. Scientists and doctors often use microscopes. The word is a combination of the Greek words mikros and skopion, meaning ‘small’ and ‘examine’ in English. To be under the microscope means to be examined closely. This phrase is often used when a player, coach or team has  behaved badly or has had a very bad run of form. Everyone is checking their next game, their next actions to see if they will make another mistake or whether they can improve. Luis Suarez’s behaviour has been terrible recently, while Andre Villas-Boas is under pressure at Chelsea because of poor results. Both will be under the microscope, fans, pundits and journalists will be watching their next game very carefully. To be under the microscope.
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