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

Do you know any native phrases to describe winning on IELTS?

Sometimes on the IELTS Speaking Test this topic could come up and you want to be prepared with native and natural vocabulary to impress the Examiner.

Today we’re going to give you the vocabulary you need to get that 7, 8 or 9 on your next IELTS Exam!

Here are some of the amazing and high-level vocabulary words you can use to describe winning!

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Front runner

  • A person who is ahead in a particular game
  • A person who is expected to win, the better team, or the better athlete
  • This word can also be used for any competition, not just sports
  • Example: “The number one seed in tennis is expected to be the front runner.”

Crushing it/Killing it/ Straight up killin’ (killing) it

  • This means the person is doing exceptionally well.
  • You can use this to describe your life in general.
  • You can use these phrases to talk about yourself and your own life if you’re really good at something or if you are succeeding at something

Winning streak

  • This means that a team or an individual player just keeps winning every match or game. it could be three or more consecutive wins.

To eclipse

  • This is another way to say defeat.
  • It means to dominate the competition and get a huge win.
  • It could also mean completely destroy the competition.

Example: “That guy just eclipsed the competition. He won by a whole minute.”


Remember, on IELTS Speaking, vocabulary is the fastest and easiest way to get extra points on your score.

Don’t waste your time improving your grammar.

Instead, learn how to use today’s phrases and when the right question comes up you’ll instantly increase your score.

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