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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 wind someone up. 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 cliches here and our huge football glossary here.

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This week’s phrase for football is ‘to wind someone up‘. When you wind someone up, you make them angry by making cheeky or insulting remarks. If you are wound up, you are angry. Football players often try to make their opponents lose their concentration, or lose their cool, by winding them up – perhaps by commenting about how they look or how they are playing. In our review of the football on this week’s show we talked about Luis Suarez being charged with racism – Evra will claim that Suarez was winding him up by racially insulting him, while Suarez may claim he was both players were winding each other up, but with no racist language involved.

To wind someone up

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