One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a contest) almost finished and therefore virtually decided.‘to suggest that it is all over bar the shouting would be premature’
- ‘As early as the halfway stage it was all over bar the shouting with the newly crowned champions in total and impressive command.’
- ‘Paul Newsome got United's third with a penalty of their own but the game by then was all over bar the shouting.’
- ‘Reduced to four for 13, it was all over bar the shouting as early as the seventh over.’
- ‘At 22-0 it was all over bar the shouting, but Kelso raised the siege with a fine break from Roxburgh that earned them some time in the home 22.’
- ‘How Falkirk fared against Dundee United yesterday did not seem to matter when Livingston slipped behind with 15 minutes gone - it seemed as if it was all over bar the shouting.’
- ‘It was all over bar the shouting as John O'Connor showed his prowess as a sharpshooter when he converted a long-range free and, following a foul on Anthony Murphy, Declan Quill did the honours with the last score of the day.’
- ‘Although it was all over bar the shouting, with Westmeath 2-15 to 0-12 in front, with just five minutes of normal time remaining, Wexford refused to lie down.’
- ‘With 4 Irish tries in the first half it was all over bar the shouting.’
- ‘Paul Walker put the home side ahead in the 56th minute and it was all over bar the shouting when Paul Blair grabbed a third.’
- ‘The score was 8/81 and it appeared all over bar the shouting.’
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