Work Idioms

Step 1

This week we will learn a few idioms used in the workplace. Study the Powerpoint presentation below. Do you recognize any of the idioms?

Step 2

Read the dialogue to understand the correct usage of the idioms.


DanHave you finished working on the year-end financial report?
BlaineNot yet. I am still trying to balance the books
DanI believe last year you gained profit in real estate.
BlaineUnfortunately, that was a bad investment. My calculations are showing that I only broke even.
DanSo what are your plans for next year?
BlaineI am planning to take on a new marketing team and give them quarterly targets to achieve.
DanThat sounds good. Then you can assess your company’s progress on a quarterly basis.
BlaineYes! That’s what I am thinking too. I need to pull up my socks for next year’s target.
DanMake sure that the new team members pull their weight with diligence and dedication.
BlaineYes, I agree. Oh! It’s lunch time. Let’s go out and discuss it over lunch.
DanYes, sure.

Step 3

Listen to the dialogue for correct pronunciation and usage of the above idioms.


Step 4

Quiz time! Click to flip in the bottom right corner to see a definition. Click the next arrow to go to the next expression. Click choose a study mode to select a different type of quiz for this vocabulary set.

Remember! Practice makes perfect.


Work idioms

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