World Cup Phrase of the Day – To Not Take Lightly

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Today’s World Cup phrase of the day is the to not take lightly. If you take something lightly, it means you do not take it seriously, you do not think it is important. Most of the time this phrase is used in the negative – to not take lightly. Most people want to say that they do their job seriously, that they care about something, so they say they don’t take it lightly. Now in the World Cup there is always a game for the losers of the semi-finals, to decide a third place in the World Cup. Many teams, players and coaches take this game lightly, they do not think it is important. However, Uruguayan coach, Oscar Tabarez, has promised his team will not take this game lightly, that they will try to win. They feel it is worth coming third, that it is important. To not take lightly.

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