Blog

Idiom of the Week - Week 37

Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.

"to go to bat for somebody": to support or help someone; für jdn./etw. eine Lanze brechen
This idiom comes from the sport of baseball. Learn the basic rules of the game.

Example 1:  Because she believed my proposal would be successful, she went to bat for me during the management committee meeting.

Example 2:Lesen Sie hier weiter

Idiom of the Week - Week 36

Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.

"hold your horses": slow down; he, nun mal langsam, nicht so schnell!

Example 1:  Hold your horses. Who said we're opening a new store in February?

Example 2:  Even if you're eager to share your ideas at your new job, you might want to hold your horses until you've learned the ropesLesen Sie hier weiter

Idiom of the Week - Week 35

Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.

"to stick it out": to continue to the end of a situation that is difficult or unenjoyable (especially in AE); bis (zum Ende) durchhalten

Example 1:  The secondment ends in two months. Surely you can stick it out until then.

Example 2:Lesen Sie hier weiter

Idiom of the Week - Week 33

Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.

"a pain in the neck": something or someone that is frustrating or difficult to deal with; Nervensäge, ein Krampf sein, ein Dorn im Auge sein

Example 1:  Dealing with travel expenses following a business trip is always a pain in the neck.

Example 2:Lesen Sie hier weiter

Idiom of the Week - Week 32

Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.

"to get/start the ball rolling": to begin something such as a task, project or discussion; den Ball ins Rollen bringen

Example 1:  We need to get the ball rolling on the IT project as soon as possible.

Example 2:Lesen Sie hier weiter

Idiom of the Week - Week 31

Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.

"to push the envelope": to do something to a greater degree than has ever been done before; to push the boundaries of what is possible; bis an die Grenze gehen

Example 1:  Pushing the envelope always involves risk.

Example 2:Lesen Sie hier weiter

Idiom of the Week - Week 30

Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.

"head honcho": the most important person (at a company) (very informal)

Example 1:  Most decisions get the final OK by our head honcho.

Example 2:  Our positions are equal, but Richard often acts like he's the head honcho.

Idiom of the Week - Week 29

Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.

"to be (or have something) in the bag": something appears to be finished or achieved

Example 1:  We met with the client last night, and the deal seems to be in the bag.

Example 2:Lesen Sie hier weiter

Idiom of the Week - Week 28

Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.

“when push comes to shove": when something becomes urgent or critical; wenn es hart auf hart kommt

Example 1:  The team always gets a slow start, but when push comes to shove they manage to meet the deadline.

Example 2:Lesen Sie hier weiter