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Employment or Work Idioms, Expressions, & Saying ...

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    ESL Employment Vocabulary
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  • To see eye to eye means to meet someone in person.
    No. It means to agree with someone.
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  • A whistleblower is a person who reveals confidential information when an organization is doing something bad.. (Yes/No)
    Yes
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  • To work like a dog means to work very slowly. (Yes/No)
    No. It means to work hard.
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  • To put something on the back burner means to cook something later. (Yes/No)
    No. It means to postpone until a later time or lower the importance of completing it soon.
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  • To work for peanuts means to work for very little money. (Yes/No)
    Yes
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  • If you have a slave driver boss you have a very demanding and strict boss who makes you very work. (Yes/No)
    Yes
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  • To put something on ice means to postpone something for a later date. (Yes/No)
    Yes
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  • To do donkey work means you do hard and boring work. (Yes/No)
    Yes
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  • To get the boot means you receive a nice pair of boots. (Yes/No)
    No. It means to get fired or kicked out.
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  • To think outside the box means you think in a different, unconventional way. (Yes/No)
    Yes
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  • When your boss calls you on the carpet he/she invites you for lunch. (Yes/No)
    No. It means they criticize you.
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  • If you have a lot on your plate it means you're busy and have got lots of things to deal with. (Yes/No)
    Yes
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  • To crunch the numbers means to do some calculations. (Yes/No)
    Yes
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  • If you are a clock watcher you are very punctual. (Yes/No)
    Yes and No. It means that you leave on time. But punctual usually means that you arrive on time. A clock watcher can't wait until it's time to leave
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  • If a company tests the waters it means they want to find out how well their new product will do on the market. (Yes/No)
    Yes
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  • If you fall asleep behind the wheel, you fail to perform your work duties. (Yes/No)
    Yes
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  • In a win-win situation, one side gains more than the other. (Yes/No)
    No
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  • If you do back-breaking work it means you are a white-collar worker. (Yes/No)
    No. White-collar jobs are office jobs. Back-breaking means physically difficult.
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  • To get raked over the coals means to be criticized or yelled at. (Yes/No)
    Yes
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  • To be backlogged means to be behind in your work. (Yes/No)
    Yes
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  • To pull your own weight means you are not doing your share of the work. (Yes/No)
    No. It means you are doing your share of the work.
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  • Buckling down means you are being lazy. (Yes/No)
    No. It means you are working hard.
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  • Going the extra mile means going above what is expected. (Yes/No)
    Yes
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  • Freelance work is when you work for free. (Yes/No)
    No. It's when you work for yourself, and sell your consulting or other work to others.
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  • Blue-collar jobs are usually office jobs. (Yes/No)
    No. Blue collar jobs are often in factories or are jobs like plumbers or repairmen.
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