Idiom of the Week – Week 3

Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.

“to take one for the team”: to make a sacrifice so that your team / the group can succeed

Example 1:  Our poor communication with the client was a departmental problem. It wasn’t her fault, but Sam took one for the team and told the client that it had been her mistake. The client doesn’t want to deal with Sam now, but we were able to keep the contract.

Example 2:  Laurence took one for the team – he missed the first two days of his vacation in Italy to finish the project.

Mindy Ehrhart Krull
About the author

Originally from the US, Mindy Ehrhart Krull holds a master's degree in journalism and has been teaching English and working as an author, editor and proofreader in Germany since 2008.

At DELS, she leads a team of several English trainers and language professionals.

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