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 phrase page here football clichés here and our huge football glossary here. If you have any questions, suggestions or comments then please email us at: admin@languagecaster.com.

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Today’s World Cup phrase of the day is the expression to hold on. This phrase is often used with ‘lead’ – as in to hold on to a lead. This means a team does not give in when a team is attacking them and putting them under a lot of pressure. To hold, means to grip tightly with the hand, so to hold on, means to not let go of the game, to keep in the game and not lose or give up a lead. Today, Holland went two goals up against Uruguay in the World Cup semi-final and were leading 3-1. But they held on to win despite the fact that Uruguay scored a late goal to make it 3-2 and were attacking for most of the last 20 minutes. To hold on.

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Football ClichesEpisode 91