RealLife Radio #97 Sports Idioms for Your Life

Are you ready to raise the bar (definition below) with your English?

Today you are going to do that by learning all about sports expressions and references that are commonly used in English. Although these expressions are related to sports, they are figurative expressions and can be used in all situations.

You are also going to learn and get inspired with today’s Killer Quote, and get some comical insight into American humor with the Killer Clip. Aww yeah!

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Words You’ll Learn

  • Clipping – to cut just a little bit, generally with scissors
  • Plucking – to pull hair out with tweezers
  • Nailed it – to get something  correct in a perfect way
  • Go with the flow – doing what everyone else wants to do without a strong opinion
  • Dilly dally – talk a lot without getting to the most important
  • The hood – a slang way to say neighborhood
  • Heaps good – common Australian way to say “really good”
  • Sad sack – a very miserable person
  • Whinny – someone who complains and moans a lot
  • Raise the bar – to raise the standard of what is considered good
  • Second wind – a second burst of energy
  • Home stretch – the final parts of a race when you can see the finish line
  • Schnoz – slang term for a big nose
  • bite the dust – to be defeated; to die
  • On the verge of – close to the edge; close to something happening
  • Below the belt – a remark that is insulting and unfair
  • Witty – sharp, clever and quick humor
  • Comeback – to change the situation of the game from losing to suddenly winning


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Kickass Quote

  • “At all times in life you either affect people with your greatness or you will infect them with your mediocrity.” Li Chun Yung

Conversation Topic

  • The English language is full of commonly used everyday expressions, many related to sport. In today’s conversation topic we are going to go through a vast range of these expressions, and show you how they are used in a real life example.

Killer Clip

  • Practice your listening with this classic movie Billy Madison. Billy is a 30 year old man who has to go back to school, from grade 1 to 12, in order to prove to his father that he can take over the family business.

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Song: Queen – We Will Rock You


Buddy you’re a boy make a big noise
Playin’ in the street gonna be a big man some day
You got mud on yo’ face
You big disgrace
Kickin’ your can all over the place

We will we will rock you
We will we will rock you

Buddy you’re a young man hard man
Shoutin’ in the street gonna take on the world some day
You got blood on yo’ face
You big disgrace
Wavin’ your banner all over the place

We will we will rock you
(Sing it!)
We will we will rock you

Buddy you’re an old man poor man
Pleadin’ with your eyes gonna make you some peace some day
You got mud on your face
Big disgrace
Somebody better put you back into your place

We will we will rock you
(Sing it!)
We will we will rock you


We will we will rock you
We will we will rock you


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