Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today you will learn amazing IELTS Speaking idioms about competition.

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Competitions can include sports or games.

You can also think outside of the box for this topic. Remember, we even compete at work, with colleagues, and with ourselves, when we’re trying to improve or grow.

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Band 9 Competition Idioms

Rest on your laurels– you’ve already done something great, so you’ve stopped trying to improve; not giving anymore effort

Give someone a run for their money– someone is getting close to your level, also pushing you to perform better

Marc Maron uses this idiom on a recent episode of his podcast WTF.

Underdog– a person or team who is supposed to lose (Click here for more sporty idioms like this!)

To have an edge– something or someone is a little bit better than something or someone else

Get your head in the game– to get focused

You can use this as a filler to buy more thinking time on your IELTS Speaking test. Just say, “Sorry. Just give me a second to get my head in the game here… OK, so…

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