Humblings, hammerings and humiliations: Football’s own lexicon of losing

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There’s more than one way to throw three points down the drain.

Liverpool score against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League – (Martin Rickett/EMPICS Sport)

Spartak Moscow were the unfortunate opponents for Liverpool’s second 7-0 win of this year’s Champions League group stage, but how should fans describe their defeat? Was it a hammering, a humbling, or a demolition?

The vocabulary involved is varied and subtle, with just one goal having the potential to completely rewrite the script. With that in mind, here’s your guide to the lexicon of losing.


You’ve been: Edged out

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You’ve been: Beaten

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You’ve been: Brushed aside

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Get over there, you’ve been brushed aside.



You’ve been: Thrashed

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You’ve been: Hammered

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You’ve been: Humbled

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Gary Lineker tweets a joke about your performance – it receives 10,000 retweets.


You’ve been: Demolished

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You’ve been reduced to rubble, brought to the ground, and robbed of your structural integrity – demolished.

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You’ve been: Humiliated

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