29 May 2020
Idioms make up a huge part of the English language. They help to diversify our speech significantly. Understanding and ability to use these combinations correctly can serve as an indicator of a good level of language proficiency. And even in the format of business communication, when used appropriately, idioms can perfectly complement your speech at a presentation, meeting with colleagues or business partners, and even during interviews.
We offer you 10 idioms that will come in handy at the workplace.
1. To drill down - explore in detail
The situation is too complicated. We need to drill down to identify the very reason of it.
2. To go the extra mile - make extra efforts
A good team leader is the one who is willing to go the extra mile to help their staff.
3. To give someone a heads-up - warn in advance, inform
You were supposed to give me a heads-up that they had chosen me for this job.
4. To keep someone in the loop - inform, keep in touch
Well, keep me in the loop about their negotiations.
5. To bring something to the table - bring benefits, have the ability that can become useful, make a contribution
What has she brought to the table? I am not sure we need her on the team.
6. To hit the ground running - get down to business without delay, get involved
Is everything clear? So, let’s hit the ground running, we don’t have so much time.
7. To think outside the box - to have a non-standard thinking
It was quite a task to implement their ideas. We did need to think outside the box!
8. To touch base - contact smb
I don’t really like that, but we’ll need to touch base with him.
9. To bring up to speed (on smth) - give all information needed about smth
Could anyone bring me up to speed on what’s going on here?
10. To be on someone’s radar - to look after smth
Don’t worry, this project is on my radar. I look after them.
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