Influenced by football Influenced by football Influenced by football

Sunday, July 15, 2018

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On the occasion of today's finale of the 2018 World Cup, in which France faces Croatia in a 10:00 am fixture at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, we pay tribute to the past month of football spectacle — argubaly the greatest show on Earth — by listing a few commonly used English language expressions influenced by the game. These idioms — expressions that are metaphorical, not literal, in meaning include .....

1) To be on the ball

Meaning: To be alert, competent, knowledgeable, or efficient. 2. Relating to qualities, such as competence, skill, or knowledge, that are necessary for success: a manager who has a lot on the ball; a student who has nothing on the ball.

Eg: “My teacher is really on the ball.”

2) To keep one's eye on the ball

Meaning: To give complete attention to a particular activity or environment; to stay focused, attentive, or alert.

Eg: “She needs to keep her eye on the ball if she wants to win the election.”

3) To shift/move the goalposts

Meaning: To change the rules or criteria of a process or competition while it is still in progress, in such a way that the new goal offers one side an intentional advantage or disadvantage.

Eg: “They keep moving the goalposts in regards to my promotion so that I keep being asked to fulfil additional requirements.”

4) To score an own goal

Meaning: To unintentionally harm your own interests.

Eg: “Sarah really scored an own goal by not applying for that job.”

5) Political football

An issue that is the subject of controversy or continued disagreement, and which opposing political parties or factions try to use in order to get an advantage for themselves:

Eg: “Congress is making the immigration issue a political football.”

6) To get the ball rolling

Meaning: To start something off.

Eg: “I need $100,000 to get the ball rolling on my new business project.”

7) To know the score

Meaning: To be aware of the essential facts of a situation.

Eg: “I don't have to explain my problem to her, she knows the score.”

8) A game changer

Meaning: A person, idea, or event that creates a significant shift to the current way of doing or thinking about something.

E.g. “Apple's iPod was a game changer. It revolutionised the way in which music was purchased and consumed.”

9) A game plan

Meaning: A carefully thought out strategy or course of action, as in politics, business, or one's personal affairs.

Eg: “Have a game plan ready before you go into the meeting.”

10) To get a kick out

Meaning: To enjoy an activity or event very much.

Eg: “He gets a kick out of cycling on the motorway.”

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