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English Expressions

Office expressions – Part 2

Here are some more office expressions you can start practicing!

touch base = make or renew contact with someone by phone, email or face-to face

“Let’s touch base after the Christmas holidays so we can start the planning.”

“I am going to touch base with an old colleague to see if she is interested in the sales manager’s position.”

Expression – It is important to/for me…

It is important to me = something you value / want to have

“My family is very important to me.”
“It is important to me to have free time to relax.”

It is important for me =  usually shows something of more serious importance – such as an effect on your health.

English Idioms and Expressions: Part 4

This is the final post of our 4-part series on idioms.

You may not use them when you are speaking, but you need to understand what they mean if you hear them in  conversations!

bring someone up to speed = give someone recent news / share new facts

“I will begin the presentation by bringing you up to speed on the project and what has changed.”

English Idioms and Expressions: Part 3

This is part 3 in our series of  popular English idioms and expressions.

Just to remind you, an idiom is a phrase where the words together take on a different meaning than the individual words alone.  Here are some more examples:

question of time = a situation that will happen, but you do not know when.

English Idioms and Expressions: Part 2

go down swinging

If you decide to go down swinging, it means that you decide to keep on fighting for what you think; even if you will probably not win.

“I don’t want to lose the contract. I’ll go down swinging before I give the business away.”

heart of gold

Someone who is a very kind and caring person.

English Idioms and Expressions: Part 1

It is difficult to uses idiomatic expressions (idioms) correctly. So…we’ll help!

What is an idiom? It is a phrase where the individual words mean one thing, but together they mean something different. Here are a few popular idiomatic expressions, and what they mean.

add insult to injury = a bad situation is made worse.

“James added insult to injury when, after he embarrassed me in front of the team, he then left me standing in the street!

Expressions for accepting things

These expressions show you have to accept things, even if you are not happy about the result.

That’s the way the cookie crumbles:

“I thought I was getting the new sales manager’s role.  It seems Doug was more qualified. That’s the way the cookie crumbles.”

That’s the way the ball bounce:

“I lost all my money at the casino after my wife told me not to go. I guess that’s the way the ball bounces.”

Expressions with EYES

a sight for sore eyes = messy/unkept

“John’s bedroom is a sight for sore eyes.  He never cleans up”

the eyes are the window to the soul = you can learn about a person through their eyes.

If the eyes are the window to the soul, I had better break up with Allan! His eyes always look empty and lost.”

an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth = revenge

Expressions with DOG

every dog has its day = everyone has a chance for success

“It is so true that every dog has its day. I finally got my dream job!”

in the dog house (adj) = in trouble (usually with your wife)

“I forgot our wedding anniversary. Now I’m in the doghouse.”

work like a dog (v) = do alot / work hard

English idioms/expressions with LOVE

An idiom (idiomatic expression) is a phrase in which the words together create a different meaning than the individual words.

love sick (adj) = in love, or missing the person you love, so much that you cannot act normal

My 16 year old daughter is so love sick that she cannot eat.

labor of love (n) = doing a task/job because you want to/are passionate about it, not for material reward or money