Visitors :


Please place a pin on
the guestmap to show
where you come from.


Free Guestmap from Bravenet.com

Many thanks for all your encouraging messages.

Guestmap information


Follow us on Facebook
Facebook icon

Custom Search




English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Business - Work

(Idioms, page 8 :   pick up steam   →  shape up)

pick up steam If a project or process picks up steam, it starts to develop or become more active.
The campaign started slowly but picked up steam after Christmas.
piece of the action When someone wants a piece of the action, they want to participate in what other people are doing and benefit from it.
The songwriter thought the show would be a success so he wanted a piece of the action.
in the pipeline If something is in the pipeline, it is currently in progress or being organised.
A new version is in the pipeline at the moment.
play the market If you play the market, you buy stocks and shares in the hope of making a profit when you sell them.
It's always tempting to play the market, but it's more risky at the present time.
pull your weight To say that somebody pulls their weight means that they do their fair share of the work.
It's great working with Sandra. She always pulls her weight.
put your shoulder to the wheel If you put your shoulder to the wheel, you start putting a lot of effort into a difficult task.
We'll have to put our shoulders to the wheel to deliver the goods on time.
red tape The term red tape refers to official rules and bureaucratic paperwork that prevent things from being done quickly.
If there wasn't so much red tape, the company would be up and running already.
roaring trade If you do a roaring trade, your business is very successful.
Cosmetic surgeons are doing a roaring trade these days.
roll up your sleeves When you roll up your sleeves, you get ready for hard work.
The house was in a mess after the party so we had to roll up our sleeves and start cleaning.
learn the ropes If you learn the ropes, you learn how to do a particular job correctly.
He's a smart kid.  It won't take him long to learn the ropes.
seal of approval If a project or contract receives a seal of approval, it receives formal support or approval from higher authorities.
We can't conclude the deal without the director's seal of approval.
second a motion During a meeting, if you second a motion, you formally agree with a proposal.
She seconded the motion to introduce flexible working hours.
sell ice to Eskimos This expression is used to describe a person who has the ability
to persuade someone to accept something totally unnecessary or useless.
It's not surprising he was named 'salesman of the year'. He could sell
ice to Eskimos!
send up a trial balloon If you test something such as an idea, a project or a product, to see how people respond to it, you send up a trial balloon.
The idea seemed excellent but when they sent up a trial balloon the reaction was very negative.
separate the sheep from the goats If you separate the sheep from the goats, you examine a group of people and decide which are suitable and which are not.
Examining job applications is the first stage in separating the sheep from the goats.
set the stage for If you set the stage for an event or a development, you create conditions that allow it to happen.
The agreement set the stage for their future working relationship.
shape up or ship out This expression is used to warn someone that if they do not improve, they will have to leave their job.
When Tom started neglecting the customers, he was told to shape up or ship out.
   
...back next...

  Alphabetical lists :
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X-Y-Z