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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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Idiom of the week – Single someone/something out

Posted by englishlessons on March 13, 2017

Definition:

choose someone/something from a group for praise/criticism

Examples:

Her manager singled her out from the group to compliment her on presentation.

The CEO singled out our group of engineers to praise us for our work on the new product.

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Idiom of the week – Lash out

Posted by englishlessons on January 14, 2017

Definition:

Attack with words

Examples:

When he is upset, he lashes out with rude comments in a text message.

When she is angry, she will lash out and scream at people.

 

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Idiom of the week – Hit someone up for something

Posted by englishlessons on January 5, 2017

Definition:

Ask someone for something

Examples:

My co-worker has money problems; he hit me up for a loan last week.

When their son calls from school, he often hits them up for extra money.

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Idiom of the week – Mull over something

Posted by englishlessons on October 31, 2016

Definition:

think about something seriously over a period of time

Examples:

I’m not ready to make a decision about this right away; give me some time to mull it over.

Their lawyers are mulling over the latest offer in the negotiations.

 

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Idiom of the week – Hunker down

Posted by englishlessons on October 24, 2016

Definition:

Not do things that may be risky

Examples:

That company didn’t spend a lot of money last quarter; they hunkered down and saved their cash.

We decided not to buy a bigger house; we are hunkering down until the economy improves.

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Idiom of the week – Inch up

Posted by englishlessons on September 2, 2016

Definition:

rise incrementally

Examples:

Prices have inched up over the last year according to this graph. 

Sales of our closest competitor have inched up in the last six months.

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Idiom of the week – Gang up on someone

Posted by englishlessons on June 29, 2016

Definition:

Join a group to criticize or persuade someone

Examples:

His friends ganged up on him and persuaded him to go along with idea.

Politicians from the opposing party ganged up on the speaker and shouted him down.

 

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Idiom of the week – Take someone up on something

Posted by englishlessons on June 4, 2016

Definition:

Accept an offer or invitation that someone has made

Examples:

After thinking it over, he decided to take his friend up on the job offer.

She took her friend up on his offer to teach her to code.

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Idiom of the week – Swept up in something

Posted by englishlessons on April 11, 2016

Definition:

become suddenly very involved in something

Examples:

He got so swept up in his enthusiasm over the the place that he decided to move there.


She was swept up in the frenzied bidding at the art auction, and she spent too much money for the painting.

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