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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Business - Work

(Idioms, page 10 :  step into someone's shoes  →  too much like hard work)

step into someone's shoes If you step into someone's shoes, you take over a job or position held by someone else before you.
William has been trained to step into his father's shoes when he retires.
strictly business An appointment or event that is entirely devoted to business, with no leisure or relaxation, is called strictly business.
Yes we had lunch together but it was strictly business.
sweat of your brow If you earn or achieve something by the sweat of your brow, you do it through hard work and no help.
I got a comfortable lifestyle by the sweat of my brow - I owe it to nobody but myself!
sweetheart deal The term sweetheart deal is used to refer to an abnormally lucrative arrangement between two parties.
Opponents say the contract was awarded to the builder as part of a sweetheart deal, and is therefore illegal.
take the floor When someone takes the floor, they rise to make a speech or presentation.
'When I take the floor, my speech will be short.' he said.
take a nosedive If something takes a nosedive, it drops or decreases in value very rapidly.
The stock market took a nosedive when the property market began to weaken.
take offline If you suggest that a subject be taken offline (during a meeting for example), you consider that it is a separate issue and should be discussed at another time.
Peter, you're confusing things, so let's take that offline shall we?
talk shop If you talk shop, you talk about your work or business in a social situation with someone you work with, and make the conversation boring for the others present.
I never go out with my colleagues because we inevitably end up talking shop.
there for the taking If something is there for the taking, it is easy to obtain.
When our main competitor went out of business, the market segment was there for the taking.
things are looking up To say that things are looking up means that the situation is improving and you feel more positive about the future.
Andy has got two job interviews next week so things are looking up.
throw over the wall If someone throws something over the wall, they deal with part of a problem or project, then pass the responsibility to another person or department without any communication or coordination.
You can't just manufacture a product then throw it over the wall to the sales department!
too many chiefs, not enough Indians This expression refers to a situation where there are too many people giving instructions and not enough people doing the work.
The business wasn't successful.  There were too many chiefs and not enough Indians.
too much like hard work An activity or task that requires too much effort is too much like hard work.
It's so hot today, there's no way I'm going to do any cooking.  That's too much like hard work!
   
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