Friday, 3 February 2012

Objective Proficiency p. 126. Work Idioms

Do you have something really difficult and challenging to do at work? If so, you’ve got your work cut out for you. Or maybe you’ve taken on far more work than you can practically do. If so, you’ve bitten off more than you can chew. In either case, the worst thing to do is to procrastinate, you need to tackle the difficult situation you’re in and start work immediately; that is, don’t drag your feet but take the bull by the horns and get a move on.
Meanwhile, does it annoy you when your boss constantly checks that you’re doing your work, so that if feels as if he’s always standing behind you, looking over your shoulder? If so, then it gets up your nose that he’s always breathing down your neck. If you try to talk to him about it, does it become clear that you both have very different opinions about the issue? If so, then when you have a word with him about it, it becomes clear that you don’t see eye to eye.
Or is a friend or colleague ignoring you for some reason, maybe because you’ve said something to offend them? If so, they’re giving you the cold shoulder. Whatever the problem, it’s always better to talk about it rather than ignore it. If there’s a very obvious problem that everyone pretends is not happening because they don’t want to address it, it ends up being the elephant in the room, which is one of my favourite of all English idioms and phrases.

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