Weekly Football Phrase: To pull out of the bag

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Every week during the 2010-11 season, the languagecaster team explain a football phrase or cliché for learners of English who love the sport. This week’s phrase is ‘to pull out of the bag’. Click on the link below to hear the word or phrase and you can also read the transcript below that. You can find many more examples by going to our football phrase page here football clichés here and our huge football glossary here.

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This week’s English phrase for football is ‘to pull something out of the bag‘. This phrase is used when a team ‘saves’ the game by winning or avoiding defeat in a surprising way – the team pulled a victory out of the bag. last weekend Manchester United visited Everton and were winning the game 3 – 1 with 90 minutes played. But Everton pulled a draw out of the bag with two goals in extra time. To pull something out of the bag.

See also last week’s ‘to spare your blushes

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