Let a Lead Slip

Every week, languagecaster.com brings you words or phrases from the footballing news. Today we explain the phrase ‘let a lead slip’. You can understand more about the word or phrase by reading the transcript below. You can also find many more examples by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here.

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This week’s football phrase is ‘to let a lead slip‘, which means that one team was winning in a game – usually by a clear margin – but ends up drawing or losing the match. This week saw Premier League side Reading go 4-0 up against Arsenal in the League Cup but then Reading let their lead slip to allow Arsenal to come from behind and win 7-5. To let a lead slip.

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