Canadian Idioms: Work Related Activities Idioms

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Step 3

Read the following dialogue to see the idioms in context:

Jay:Hi Alex, how are you?
Alex:Hi Jay, I’m great, thanks!
Jay:You must have a lot on your plate with the new house and the new middle management position I’ve heard you just got.
Alex:Yeah, the new job…it has been a steep learning curve until now but I don’t know if I really like it…Top management likes it when you think outside the box and there is this constant pressure to come up with new ideas. I have to stay on my toes all the time…
Jay:At least they want new ideas. With my company, everything new gets put on the back burner!
Alex:How come?
Jay:Well, every time I try to suggest any operational improvement, they reject it and then we’re just back to square one…
Alex:I am sorry to hear that!  I guess you and your boss don’t really see eye to eye…
Jay:I’m afraid you’re right. I feel like one of these days I’m just gonna end up in hot water when I tell my boss what I think about that. In fact, I’ll talk to him right now!
Alex:Oh…OK…good luck! Don’t burn too many bridges!
Jay:I won’t! Thanks! And good luck to you too! Nice talking to you! Bye now!

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