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Today’s World cup phrase is to implode. Maybe most students of English have heard of explode, like a bomb, an explosion. Implode is a word used to describe a team, or team performance that is so bad it damages the chances of the team, it causes them to destroy their own chances – they collapse inwards. No prizes for guessing which team has imploded at this World Cup, France. Anelka sent home for swearing at the manager, captain Evra fighting with the coaching staff, players refusing to train and terrible, disjointed performances on the pitch. France imploded. They destroyed their chances and are now heading home early. To implode.