Commonly Used Idioms In The Office: Part 2

11.04.2016 |

You might have thought we were done with workplace idioms. Well, you’re wrong. Since idioms are constantly used in the workplace, there are definitely more than 5, so get ready for part 2. You should consider incorporating these idioms into your vocabulary because not only are they useful in a job interview, but using them will also demonstrate your ability to be creative with the language while adding more “spice” to your conversations.

Hold your horses: Thoroughly think through a situation before you make a decision; to stop or slow down to think more thoroughly about how to move forward.

Example: “Hold your horses! You are moving way too fast. Let’s stop and think carefully about the first steps we should take.”

Jump the gun: Making a decision or statement too early or quickly before the right time (when you have analysed the situation and planned appropriately what to do or say); to act or say something prematurely.

Example: “Jane’s car has a scratch on it and she accused me doing it because I was standing next to the car. She jumped the gun and didn’t give me a chance to explain that it wasn’t me.”

Miss the mark: When you fail to achieve a goal; when your performance in a task/activity does not meet the standard or target.

Example: “He really missed the mark on closing that deal. Hopefully, he will have better luck next time.”

Throw in the towel: Quit; give up your pursuit of a goal or project.

Example: “We are never going to make this deadline. I think it’s time to throw in the towel.”

To stay on your toes: A warning / suggestion to remain alert, focused, sharp and responsive; to apply yourself to be continuously focused on the task, goals, objectives and situation.

Example: “Stay on your toes when you are around John because I don’t trust him.”

So..continue to stay on your toes and don’t throw in the towel just yet. Keep your eyes out for our next email to help you learn more English idioms.


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