By watching this video lesson, you will learn 7 English idioms that will help you be more comfortable in business situations.
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1. Beat around the bush:
Definition: To avoid addressing an issue or speaking directly about it.
- John always beats around the bush instead of giving a direct answer.
- Instead of telling the truth, she beat around the bush and tried to change the subject.
- The politician is known for beating around the bush during interviews.
2. Lost for words:
Definition: Unable to find the right words to express oneself.
- I was so surprised by the news that I was lost for words.
- When she handed me the award, I was lost for words and couldn’t give a proper acceptance speech.
- He was lost for words when his girlfriend announced that she was leaving.
3. Get the ball rolling:
Definition: To initiate or start something.
- Let’s get the ball rolling on this project by scheduling a kickoff meeting.
- We need to get the ball rolling on organizing the event before it’s too late.
- She took charge and got the ball rolling on the new initiative.
4. Break the ice:
Definition: To overcome initial tension or awkwardness in a social situation.
- He told a joke to break the ice and make everyone feel more comfortable.
- The team played a game to break the ice at the start of the team-building session.
- I usually ask about their hobbies to break the ice with new people I meet.
5. Speak one’s mind:
Definition: To express one’s thoughts or opinions honestly and openly.
- He never hesitates to speak his mind, even if it means disagreeing with others.
- She was encouraged to speak her mind during the brainstorming session.
- He regrets not speaking his mind and standing up for his beliefs.
6. Get the message across:
Definition: To successfully convey or communicate a message or idea.
- The teacher uses various methods to get the message across to all students.
- It’s important to choose the right words to get your message across effectively.
- He tried different explanations to get the message across, but she still didn’t understand.
7. Beat someone to the punch:
Definition: To do or say something before someone else can.
- He beat me to the punch and announced the news before I got a chance to.
- The competitor released a similar product to beat them to the punch.
- She always has quick ideas and beats the team to the punch.