Commonly Used Idioms In The Office: Part 3

11.04.2016 |

Welcome to Part 3 of workplace idioms. I’m sure  you don’t need more convincing of why you should use these idioms, blah blah blah, so I’ll just cut to the chase:

Hit the nail on the head: To precisely and accurately describe a situation or problem. To do something perfectly.

Example: “You totally hit the nail on the head when you said that the company could not continue to operate without downsizing.”

Cut to the chase: Tell someone exactly what you mean or need; stop giving the background and make the key point or points; don’t ramble.

Example: “Stop going around in circles. I don’t have a lot of time, so I need you to cut to the chase.”

To “rock the boat”: To do something that challenges the current way things are done, or someone’s authority. Often expressed in the negative – i.e. don’t do anything that will challenge others and call attention to yourself in a negative way. To keep the peace.

Example: “Don’t rock the boat suggesting too many ideas while you are still new here. Wait till you have built the management’s confidence in you before making suggestions for major change.”

Playing catch up: To be behind in a task or in knowledge of a situation, and to be working hard to be back up-to-date and fully-informed of the current situation.

Example: “I just got back from vacation so I’m playing catch up. At the moment, I’m buried in emails…”

Raise the bar: To increase / raise standards, targets, and expectations.

Example: “In order to be successful in business you have to constantly raise the bar.”

I hope we’ve been raising the bar with each email. See you in the next one…


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