improve your English Learn English

Language tip of the week: win

ILearn English with Macmillan Dictionaryn this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of  language tips we look at how metaphor is used to express some common concepts in English. This week’s tip looks at metaphors used to talk about winning:

Winning a competition or game is like hitting or killing your opponent. Losing is like being injured.



Scotland beat England 1–0.
They were thrashed by Manchester United.
The home team annihilated the opposition.
The home team took a real battering.
We hammered them in the final.
She slaughtered me last time we played tennis.
They suffered a crushing defeat by the Spanish side.
They were knocked out of the competition.
It was a knockout competition.
There was a sudden death play-off for third place.

More language tips

Browse the list under the ‘language tips‘ tag here on the blog for more useful language tips.

Would you like to improve your vocabulary? Follow our daily tweets @MacDictionary or visit our Facebook Page.

Email this Post Email this Post

About the author

Liz Potter

Leave a Comment