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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 – 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 -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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Idiom of the week – Pull the trigger (on something)

Posted by englishlessons on March 27, 2017

Definition:

initiate something

Examples:

We decided to pull the trigger on our remodeling project, and we hired a contractor this week.
Our manager has been talking for months about hiring more engineers; I hope she pulls the trigger soon.

 

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Idiom of the week – Iron something out

Posted by englishlessons on March 20, 2017

Definition:

solve a small problem/problems

Examples:

Before we sign the contract, we just need to iron out a few more details.

The two friends had been arguing, but since they met to iron things out, they have been getting along well.

 

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Idiom of the week -Get something off the ground

Posted by englishlessons on March 1, 2017

Definition:

Start being successful

Examples:

Employees of the start-up worked hard to get their project off the ground.

Our plans are still in the early stages; we hope to get this new venture off the ground by the end of next year.

 

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Idiom of the week -Off the cuff

Posted by englishlessons on February 13, 2017

Definition:

informal, not planned ahead of time 

Examples:

He did not give a formal speech on the topic; he just made some off the cuff remarks.

The politician made some off the cuff comments about raising taxes, which created a big reaction.

 

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Idiom of the week – Give someone pause

Posted by englishlessons on December 12, 2016

Definition:

cause someone to think carefully or hesitate 

Examples:

The company’s recent financial report gave him pause, and he decided not to invest in their stock.

His history of multiple girlfriends gave her pause, and she decided not to accept his invitation.

 

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Idiom of the week – Play up/Play down

Posted by englishlessons on October 4, 2016

Definition:

Emphasize/De-emphasize

Examples:

In her description of the property, the real estate agent played up the excellent schools in the area, but played down the house’s location on a busy street.

 

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Idiom of the week – Sit tight

Posted by englishlessons on September 9, 2016

Definition:

hold off on any action or movement for a period of time

Examples:

We decided to sit tight and not make any changes in our investments right now.

They were advised to sit tight and see what happened to interest rates in the next three months.

 

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