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Hello, my name is Rich, and welcome to Premie Skills, English Premier Vocabulary. Hi there, I'm Jack. We're here to help you with your football English.
Remember, you can find transcripts for all of our podcasts on the Premier Skills English website.
Premie Vocabulary is a mini podcast for you to learn football, English, one word at a time. We have three different levels for you. Easy, medium and hard.
This episode is hard, so we're looking at more difficult football phrases and idioms, these phrases can be used to talk about football, but are often useful when talking about other topics.
The phrase we're looking at in this episode is we were robbed.
This phrase has a literal meaning and a non literal meaning in its most common meaning to rob means to steal money or property from someone or from a place. Bank robbers rob banks, we were robbed on the bus the other day, I didn't notice my wallet had gone until I got home, but it can also be used in a more abstract way. We can use Rob to talk about something important that has been taken away. We might talk about people who are robbed of their rights if they're banned from doing certain things.
And this example of is a dependent preposition. We use it to talk about the thing that has been taken away.
Election fraud robbed the candidates of victory.
We often hear football fans saying we were robbed. It's a bit of a cliche and is probably overused, but it's similar to the last example we gave you when a football fan says we were robbed. They are talking about their football team being robbed of victory.
The fan or the team hasn't been robbed, literally, but they feel that their team deserved to win, fans often say they were robbed if the other team scores near the end of the match, if there's a decision that doesn't go their way or they feel that they were the better team. Here's an example, I can't believe that penalty was given in the last minute we were robbed. A similar idiom is daylight robbery, which is normally used when we think something costs far more than it should, but football fans use it to talk about their team deserving much more out of a match.
I can't believe we lost that match. It was absolute daylight robbery, to be honest.
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Bye for now and enjoy your football.