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Idiom of the week – Dial it down

Posted by englishlessons on July 31, 2015

Definition:

reduce the intensity

Examples:

He was yelling in the meeting, so his manager asked him to dial it down.

People think he’s too aggressive; he needs to dial it down a bit.

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Idiom of the week – Spell it out

Posted by englishlessons on July 17, 2015

explain something clearly; explain something in detail*

*this phrasal verb can also mean literally spelling out a message with letters

Examples:

I’m not exactly sure what you want me to do here; I need you to spell it out for me.

She didn’t get my hint, so I had to spell it out for her.

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Idiom of the week – Burn rate

Posted by englishlessons on July 8, 2015

Definition:
the rate at which a company uses up available funds or spends capital while waiting to become profitable

Examples:

That start-up has a really high burn rate; I’m not sure how long they can sustain it.

That VC firm is trying to slow the burn rate at some of the start-ups they are funding.

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