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Football's a game of two halves.

sports cliché In football (soccer), the fortunes of each team can reverse dramatically between the two 45-minute halves of play. Used especially in sports reporting and analysis. Barcelona has overcome a four-goal deficit to defeat Real Madrid. Football really is a game of two halves.
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political football

A problem or situation that causes an argument between different political parties, often in an attempt to gain an advantage. It didn't take too long before the issue of property taxes turned into a political football for the candidates.
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political football

Fig. an issue that becomes politically divisive; a problem that doesn't get solved because the politics of the issue get in the way. The question of campaign contributions has become a political football. All the politicians who accept questionable money are pointing fingers at each other.
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a political football

a problem that politicians from different parties argue about and try to use in order to get an advantage for themselves We don't want the immigration issue to become a political football.
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The midfielder is spearheading a campaign by Irish bookmaker Paddy Power and gay charity Stonewall to get footballers to don rainbow bootlaces this weekend in support of homosexuality.
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Mr Baker added: "The majority of footballers see their earning power peak at age 28, and from then on it declines dramatically until they retire around the age of 35.
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The judge said it now seemed the footballer "may well have been set up" so photographs could be taken of Imogen going to hotels.
He explained that all footballers will receive an informative leaflet with the rules.
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The footballer pleaded guilty to speeding and driving without insurance.
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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo has been named by Forbes as the highest earning footballer playing at Euro 2012, earning more than [pounds sterling]27m over the past 12 months.
Mr Tomlinson said that the 46th issued claim was on behalf of footballer Jermaine Jenas.