World Cup Phrase – Blown Away
To blow someone away means to kill them with a gun, to shoot them. In football, this dramatic phrase is used to describe a game where one team completely dominated another team AND scored a bucketful of goals. To blow a team away, means to easily defeat them by a large margin. It is also often used in the passive form, ‘The team was blown away in the first half’, and so on. In the semi final today, Brazil were beaten by Germany 7-1 – an unbelievable loss, the biggest margin in World Cup history.
- Example: (Headline) Brazil blown away by sharp Germany. (ESPN)
- Example: Germany blew Brazil away in a sensational 18-minute spell in the first-half that yielded five goals.