Every day during the World Cup, the languagecaster team explain a football phrase or cliché connected to this summer’s tournament. Click on the link below to hear the word or phrase and you can also read the transcript. You can find many more examples by going to our football clichés here and our huge football glossary here.

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Today’s World Cup phrase of the day is the expression to be out of their depth. Like the last expression we looked at, to be out of their hands, this  expression is not restricted to football. The direct meaning of the phrase means someone is in deep water and is in danger of drowning. In football, to be out of their depth means that a team’s skill level is low compared to their opponents, the team is finding it hard to compete with the opposition. Yesterday, although ranked in the top ten by FIFA, England looked out of their depth against Algeria. The had a very poor performance and it is difficult not to think that they are out of their depth at the World Cup. To be out of their depth.

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