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from: 'step into someone's shoes'   to:  '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 shoeswhen he retires."

  • stick to your knitting
    • When you stick to your knitting, you continue to do what you do well, that you are experienced at, or are familiar with, rather than try to do something you know little about or that is out of your area of expertise.
      "To improve our results we should stop trying to diversify and stick to our knitting!"

  • 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, especially between a public body and a private individual or company.
      "Opponents say the contract was awarded to the builder as part of a sweetheart deal, and is therefore illegal."

  • sweeten the deal
    • When someone makes an offer or arrangement more attractive by adding extra benefits, they are said to sweeten the deal.
      "They sweetened the deal by including a pension plan to get him to accept the job."

  • 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 someone suggests that a subject be taken offline (during a meeting for example), they 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 ina 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 a sprat to catch a mackerel
    • If you throw a sprat to catch a mackerel, you sacrifice something of little value, or make a small expenditure, in the hope that it will bring you great rewards. (Sprats are used as bait to catch larger fish.)
      "The store’s free contest is a sprat to catch a mackerel. The amount customers spend more than outweighs the cost of the prizes.”

  • 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 is thought to require 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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