Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles 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.