Commonly Used Idioms In The Office: Part 5

11.04.2016 |

Finally we’ve reached the last section on workplace idioms. Just when you thought it was going to be over. It makes you wonder how there could be so many, huh? Well let me tell you, there are many more than we can even cover in here.

When it rains it pours: Often used when several difficult (or positive) situations happen simultaneously.

Example: “I got into a car accident, lost my job and my dog ran away, all in the same week. When it rains it pours!”

Out on a limb: To make a statement, suggestion or assumption that is risky, that may be based on less-than-full-information about the listener, that may be a little bold and sometimes ‘outside the box’.

Example: “I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that you should take the train to California instead of the plane because it might be cheaper.”

Land on your feet: Usually said to someone when they have worked really hard and successfully made it through a difficult situation.

Example: “I’m so glad Mike was able to land on his feet. He really deserves that new house after the challenging move to the company’s headquarters.”

A chip on your shoulder: When someone’s past negative experiences cause them to hold a bad attitude or be extra-sensitive and negative in certain situations that may remind them of their past difficulties.

Example: “I think Mike has a chip on his shoulder because he walked right into me without apologizing.”

Water under the bridge: Past situations or history that is being left in the past to move forward. Past history which is being forgotten, forgiven, or no longer to be emphasized. Something that happened in the past that you don’t worry about anymore.

Example: “We didn’t always see eye to eye on everything, but that’s water under the bridge. Now we are best friends.”

So…I’m going to go out on a limb here and claim that you’re enjoying my commentary more than the idioms in these emails…Am I right or am I right?


Recommended book

“English Idioms in Use Advanced with Answers” by Felicity O’Dell, Michael McCarthy


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