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Tips and training suggestions for learning English as a foreign language.

Pull one’s weight

Posted by englishlessons on July 18, 2017

Definition:

do one’s fair share of work

Examples:


That new employee needs to pull his weight pretty soon, or we may have to let him go.


Pulling one’s weight is important when one works in a small team with tight deadlines.


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Stand up to something/someone

Posted by englishlessons on July 11, 2017

Definition:

hold one’s position in the face of a challenge

Examples:


I admire her; she stood up to them and risked losing her job.


Standing up for his beliefs gained him the respect of his colleagues.
 

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Claw back

Posted by englishlessons on June 26, 2017

Definition:

get something back by aggressive means

Examples:


That company lowered the price for its product, but it plans to claw back some revenue by adding extra charges.


The amusement park reduced their summer entrance fees for adults, but clawed back lost profits by raising the price for children under five.
 

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Idiom of the week – Jump ship

Posted by englishlessons on June 15, 2017

Definition:

desert or defect


Examples:


When that company announced their financial loses, many high level employees jumped ship and went to work for competitors.


I hope our best employees don’t jump ship when they hear about the reduced bonuses this year.

 

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Idiom of the week – Tapped out

Posted by englishlessons on June 5, 2017

Definition:

out of money

Examples:

He cannot continue to invest in this business; he’s tapped out.

We have to find some new funding resources before ours are tapped out.

 

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Idiom of the week – a Windfall

Posted by englishlessons on May 17, 2017

Definition:

an amount of money that you receive unexpectedly

Examples

When his great aunt died, he was surprised to find she left her house to him in her will; it was a windfall.
The extra dividend from the stock was an unexpected windfall.

 

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Idiom of the week – a Tipping point

Posted by englishlessons on May 12, 2017

Definition:

the critical point in a situation or process beyond which an unstoppable change happens

Examples:

Scientists say we are at an environmental tipping point where inaction will have dire consequences for the planet.

We have reached a tipping point in terms of infrastructure where growth may overwhelm this town if it is not carefully managed.

 

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Idiom of the week – Dole something out

Posted by englishlessons on May 1, 2017

Definition:

distribute something in small amounts

Examples:

That company is careful about spending money; they only dole it out in special circumstances.

There was not a lot of food, so their mother doled out the portions carefully.

 

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Idiom of the week – Duke it out

Posted by englishlessons on April 19, 2017

Definition:

fight

Examples:

I’ve been watching as those two companies duke it out over market share.
We observed these two politicians duke it out by saying negative things about each other just before the election.

 

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Idiom of the week -Take time out

Posted by englishlessons on April 12, 2017

Definition:

Take time to rest or do something different from usual

Examples:

He took time out from his busy schedule to attend his son’s concert at school.

She tries to take some time out to relax before starting a new project.

 

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