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  • Feifei: This is The English We Speak

  • I'm Feifei.

  • Rob: And hello, I'm Rob. Hey, Feifei.

  • Did you see the match last night?

  • Feifei: The match? No, Rob.

  • I had better things to do!

  • Rob: Oh, you should have done.

  • My local team beat Manchester United

  • 3-0! It was a giant-killing!

  • Feifei: Well I'm glad I didn't watch it - who

  • wants to see giants being killed?

  • Rob: Feifei, nobody was killed and

  • there were no real giants.

  • The giant is the team that

  • is usually stronger, more powerful

  • or skilful than the other team -

  • and the killing happens

  • when the weaker or less skilful team

  • beats them. And that's what

  • happened last night.

  • It was brilliant!

  • Feifei: I see. So a giant-killing describes

  • a situation when a weaker or less skilful

  • person or team beats a stronger or

  • more skilful opponent.

  • Rob: Yep. And we call the winning team

  • 'giant killers' - so my team can

  • be called 'giant killers'!

  • Feifei: So is this phrase used

  • for sporting competitions?

  • Rob: Yes it is. It's not just used

  • in football - although the giant-killing

  • in the game last

  • night was amazing! I mean, did

  • I mention the score was 3-0?

  • Feifei: OK calm down, Rob. Let's hear

  • some other examples

  • of the phrase 'giant-killing'...

  • We're celebrating our village

  • cricket team's giant-killing over

  • a professional county team!

  • There was a giant-killing at

  • the tennis match today - a brand new

  • player beat the third-seeded

  • player in straight sets!

  • The non-league team have become

  • giant killers in the FA Cup - they could go

  • all the way to the final.

  • Feifei: This is The English We Speak from

  • BBC Learning English and

  • we're hearing about

  • the sporting expression 'giant-killing' -

  • that's when a strong or skilful player or

  • team is beaten by a less strong opponent.

  • The winners are called 'giant killers'.

  • So a giant-killing is quite an achievement?

  • Rob: It sure is. It's unexpected but

  • it's great when it happens.

  • Feifei: I understand, Rob - it comes as a

  • surprise because you're so used to losing!

  • Rob: Never mind, Feifei. If you're not

  • a football fan, you'll never understand.

  • Feifei: Hmm, I suppose this programme is

  • a bit like a giant killing.

  • Rob: Why's that then?

  • Feifei: The weaker, less skilful presenter

  • beats the stronger, more skilful presenter

  • by getting more lines to stay in the script.

  • Rob: Errr, I don't think so, Feifei.

  • You always have more to say.

  • Feifei: That's true. Now, isn't it your turn

  • to make the tea?

  • Rob: OK, if you say so. See you later.

  • Feifei: Ha! 1-0 to me. Bye.

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What does 'giant killer' mean?

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/07/01
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