In this week’s podcast, you’ll learn 12 useful expressions and idioms connected to work so that you can expand your vocabulary and improve your English.
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What is an idiom?
A group of words that have a meaning that’s different from the meaning of the individual words (e.g. over the moon, see the light)
Idioms and expressions connected to work
to get the ball rolling (make a start) – “Let’s get the ball rolling with our first idiom.”
to learn/know the ropes (obtain/have experience of how a job is done) “Susan will teach you what to do, and it shouldn’t take you long to learn the ropes.”
a cushy job (easy, undemanding) – “You don’t work a full day, or a full week, and you have long holidays. Teaching is such a cushy job.”
to be between jobs / weighing up your options (temporarily unemployed) – “I’m actually between jobs at the moment and weighing up my options before moving on.”
to burn the candle at both ends (to work or do other things from early in the morning until late at night and so get very little rest) – “People who have a full-time job and a side-hustle that they do in the evenings and at weekends, run the risk of burning the candle at both ends and suffering from stress and exhaustion.”
to burn the midnight oil (work late into the night) – “I used to burn the midnight oil and work until 2 or 3 am.”
A glass ceiling (a barrier to advancement in a profession, especially affecting women and members of minorities) – “There seems to be more of a glass ceiling in the tech industry than in teaching.”
to have a game plan (a carefully considered strategy) – “It’s essential to have a marketing game plan before you launch a new product.”
to go back to the drawing board / to go back to square one (to start again) – “I failed my B2 First exam. Oh well, back to the drawing board.”
to raise the bar (increase standards) – “Just as I was getting used to my job, my boss raised the bar and I had to perform even better.”
to have your work cut out (to have a lot of work to do to complete a particular task.) “The fire service has its work cut out to get the wildfires under control.”
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English.
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