WELCOME. Many new learners of English find that after completing their courses in school, they are still a little confused when they enter the world of business and jobs. They hear phrases like "That guy is really out to lunch." Does that mean the person is eating lunch? No. It means the person behaves inappropriately. So naturally, new English speakers are a little bewildered. Here is a quiz featuring ten common phrases or words used in conversations at work. Check them out.
From the four choices, can you select the meaning of the idiom?
1. I have a lot on my plate right now. This means " _____________________ ."
2. That's a no-brainer. This means "________________ ."
3. We're talking about apples and oranges here. This means, "___________________."
4. We certainly jumped the gun when we changed offices. This means "________________."
5. The boss has been keeping his recent hiring decisions under wraps. This means "________________________ ."
6. My gut tells me we need to change the way we're selling this product. This means "___________________."
7. The journalist was given the green light to write the article exposing government corruption. This means, "_____________________."
8. It's the supervisor's fault production is too slow, but he's trying to pass the buck. This means, "____________________."
9. We couldn't get our product off the ground. This means, "_____________."
10. We ordered materials from X Company, but they gave us a raw deal. This means that _____________ .