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Under the weather. Man holding umbrella.

Hard: Under the weather

Hard: Under the weather

Premier 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.

Summary

Learn more football vocabulary with Premier Skills English. Each lesson in our Premier Vocabulary section looks at one football word or phrase. This lesson looks at the phrase under the weather

You can find more lessons on the side of this page.

Transcript

Rich: Hello my name’s Rich and welcome to Premier Skills English - Premier Vocabulary.

Jack: Hi there! I’m Jack. We’re here to help you with your football English. 

Rich: Remember you can find transcripts for all of our podcasts on the Premier Skills English website.

Jack: Premier Vocabulary is a mini-podcast for you to learn football English one word at a time. 

Rich: We have three different levels for you: easy, medium and hard.

Jack: 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.


Rich: The phrase we are looking at in this episode is: under the weather.

Jack: Before we tell you what this idiom under the weather means we’ll do a short conversation and see if you can work out the meaning yourself. In this conversation, Rich and I bump into each other at work.

Rich: Hi Jack, good weekend?

Jack: Yeah, it was nice. We went for a huge bike ride on Sunday. We did about twenty miles.

Rich: And you missed the Arsenal match.

Jack: No, I was back for that. I wouldn’t miss the match.

Rich: You don’t sound too good. You sound a bit under the weather.

Jack: No, I’m fine. I might be coming down with a cold or something.

Rich: Are you sure it’s not the Arsenal match or maybe that bike ride?

Jack: OK, so did you hear the phrase under the weather? Do you have a good idea of what it means?

Rich: Under the weather means to feel a little ill or sick.

Jack: You use the expression when you’re not feeling your usual self. You don’t feel really, really sick but you don’t feel like doing a lot of extra work and don’t feel bright and cheery.

Rich: You might also see the phrase being used to describe football teams if they don’t play as well as they usually do.

Jack: You might hear someone say that Chelsea looked a bit under the weather in the second half.

Rich: This wouldn’t mean that the Chelsea players are sick, just that they aren’t playing as well as they normally do. 

Jack: There are a couple of other idioms that you could use instead of under the weather in the same way. One is below par.

Rich: We can say I’m feeling below par or Liverpool were below par on Saturday.

Jack: Or another similar idiom is out of sorts. I’m feeling out of sorts or Arsenal were out of sorts in the first half.


Rich: There is the final whistle!

Jack: We’ll be back soon with more Premier Vocabulary from Premier Skills English.

Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football. 

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When was the last time you were feeling under the weather?

Why do teams sometimes appear to be under the weather or are below par?

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Karo Barrios
27/05/2022
CO
3
points

I felt a little under the weather when our national team didn't classify for the next Football World Cup.


Karo Barrios
27/05/2022 03:15
Colombia
Leicester City
3

I felt a little under the weather when our national team didn't classify for the next Football World Cup.

Michaelsun
17/03/2022
CN
738
points

I am feeling under the weather now for my right knee.


Michaelsun
17/03/2022 12:53
China
Manchester United
738

I am feeling under the weather now for my right knee.

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Gabriel Amaral
28/05/2021
BR
1512
points

When the pandemic started, everything made me fell like was infected or under the weather. But fortunately, I had not.
It could be by a lot of reasons. But I think that usually happens when the opposite team is being succesfull on blocking their attempts.


Gabriel Amaral's picture
Gabriel Amaral
28/05/2021 17:40
Brazil
Arsenal
1512

When the pandemic started, everything made me fell like was infected or under the weather. But fortunately, I had not.
It could be by a lot of reasons. But I think that usually happens when the opposite team is being succesfull on blocking their attempts.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
08/12/2020
UA
6200
points

I'm beginning to get above the weather at last. :-)


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
08/12/2020 01:31
Ukraine
Liverpool
6200

I'm beginning to get above the weather at last. :-)

AnaReis's picture
AnaReis
07/12/2020
BR
2
points

Maybe because they’ve travelled a long way for a game or they’ve been playing a lot of games recently.


AnaReis's picture
AnaReis
07/12/2020 21:37
Brazil
Manchester United
2

Maybe because they’ve travelled a long way for a game or they’ve been playing a lot of games recently.

AnaReis's picture
AnaReis
07/12/2020
BR
2
points

My boyfriend was under the weather this afternoon.


AnaReis's picture
AnaReis
07/12/2020 21:32
Brazil
Manchester United
2

My boyfriend was under the weather this afternoon.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
08/12/2020
UA
6200
points

LET HIM GET WELL SOON, AnaReis.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
08/12/2020 01:32
Ukraine
Liverpool
6200

LET HIM GET WELL SOON, AnaReis.

mgsil's picture
mgsil
07/12/2020
BR
1
points

I've been felt under the weather this morning.


mgsil's picture
mgsil
07/12/2020 14:47
Brazil
Liverpool
1

I've been felt under the weather this morning.

joseinfante
07/12/2020
CL
6
points

I felt under the weather when see the arteta´s arsenal


joseinfante
07/12/2020 02:44
Chile
Arsenal
6

I felt under the weather when see the arteta´s arsenal

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mobeckham
04/12/2020
TR
6472
points

I felt under the weather when I played football 2 weeks ago and I didn't wear my jacket after the game. When I got back home , I felt a bit under the weather but thanks God it wasn't that serious.

I think the main two reasons that teams sometimes appear to be under the weather or below par are either lack of motivation or fatigue and lack of fitness.


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
04/12/2020 19:14
Turkey
Manchester United
6472

I felt under the weather when I played football 2 weeks ago and I didn't wear my jacket after the game. When I got back home , I felt a bit under the weather but thanks God it wasn't that serious.

I think the main two reasons that teams sometimes appear to be under the weather or below par are either lack of motivation or fatigue and lack of fitness.

hsn's picture
hsn
04/12/2020
TR
4431
points

When was the last time you were feeling under the weather?

Last month daily temperatures came down and I got a little bit cold so I was under the weather. But now I’m feeling bright and cheery.

Why do teams sometimes appear to be under the weather or are below par?

Many factors effect this state. Bad physical conditionof team , being demorilezed by earlier defeats, belittling an opponent, debate/struggle among players/manager/ executives, being over stressed during match e.t.c

P.S.

o Watching matches in the age of Covid-19 it is possible to hear sounds that is never used to hear like when the player shooting or the ball hitting the post.

o I never understand why do players insist on changing referee desicions even it’s wrong. These are beauties of football. "Errors and Omissions are NOT excepted"-:)


hsn's picture
hsn
04/12/2020 15:55
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
4431

When was the last time you were feeling under the weather?

Last month daily temperatures came down and I got a little bit cold so I was under the weather. But now I’m feeling bright and cheery.

Why do teams sometimes appear to be under the weather or are below par?

Many factors effect this state. Bad physical conditionof team , being demorilezed by earlier defeats, belittling an opponent, debate/struggle among players/manager/ executives, being over stressed during match e.t.c

P.S.

o Watching matches in the age of Covid-19 it is possible to hear sounds that is never used to hear like when the player shooting or the ball hitting the post.

o I never understand why do players insist on changing referee desicions even it’s wrong. These are beauties of football. "Errors and Omissions are NOT excepted"-:)

gustavo_1983
04/12/2020
BR
3
points

I felt under the weather yesterday...


gustavo_1983
04/12/2020 04:49
Brazil
Liverpool
3

I felt under the weather yesterday...

gustavo_1983
04/12/2020
BR
3
points

the teams appear sometimes under the weather cause thers schedule is too busy and it is almost impossible to play UCL on week and PL on weekend very well each week. So, sometimes some teams will feel under the weather.


gustavo_1983
04/12/2020 04:48
Brazil
Liverpool
3

the teams appear sometimes under the weather cause thers schedule is too busy and it is almost impossible to play UCL on week and PL on weekend very well each week. So, sometimes some teams will feel under the weather.

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Yoshichika
04/12/2020
JP
76
points

I was feeling under the weather about 9 months ago.
Fortunately, I am well and healthy.

When a team sometimes appears to be below par, I think that it's because there are injured player and formation of the team is not matched.


Yoshichika's picture
Yoshichika
04/12/2020 01:23
Japan
Liverpool
76

I was feeling under the weather about 9 months ago.
Fortunately, I am well and healthy.

When a team sometimes appears to be below par, I think that it's because there are injured player and formation of the team is not matched.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
03/12/2020
UA
6200
points

Teams sometimes seem to be under the weather because their vigour and/or the team's spirit gets below par.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
03/12/2020 16:50
Ukraine
Liverpool
6200

Teams sometimes seem to be under the weather because their vigour and/or the team's spirit gets below par.

gustavo_1983
04/12/2020
BR
3
points

What do you think about the schedule? Too many matches in Cups, UCL and PL... it's impossible to don't be under the weather sometimes!


gustavo_1983
04/12/2020 04:51
Brazil
Liverpool
3

What do you think about the schedule? Too many matches in Cups, UCL and PL... it's impossible to don't be under the weather sometimes!

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
03/12/2020
UA
6200
points

I've been feeling under the weather for the last month.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
03/12/2020 16:47
Ukraine
Liverpool
6200

I've been feeling under the weather for the last month.

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