Nope, not even at work we can get rid off idioms. Your colleagues will use them at the drop of a hat, your boss won’t beat around the bush to bark them at you and even your customers know it takes two to tango.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket and hit the books to learn some of the most useful idioms at the workplace.
be on call
To be contactable, to be able to communicate with.
enespañol# estar de guardia
I love my new job and I certainly don’t mind the perks that come with it but I must be on call every other weekend and my wife isn’t happy about it
Our agents are on call 24/7 in case of an emergency
see under a new light
To look at things differently, from another perspective.
enespañol# bajo una nueva perspectiva
We are not getting this right, there must be a better approach. We must go back to the drawing board to see this under a new light
When I realized the ramifications of that decision, I started to see the problem under a new light
get down to business
To start doing something seriously, to really begin something.
Also, get down to it.
enespañol# ponerse a ello
We still have nothing to show for. We should get down to business at once. We are supposed to deliver this project by Monday
Our meeting with the Japanese customers went quite well. After a brief introduction, we all got down to business.
a dead-end job
A job that doesn’t have any future, it leads nowhere in your career.
enespañol# un trabajo de mala muerte
While the service industry may be a dead-end job for more mature workers, it certainly is a good start point for undergraduates
I just had to quit. It was a dead-end job leading to nothing. I want to be someone in my field
give the axe
To fire somebody.
enespañol# dar la patada, despedir
After all these years you are giving me the axe? It won’t come down to this, you will hear from my lawyer
When the company outsourced its production to China, every other employee was given the axe, including junior and senior executives