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dead wood, get your foot in the door, cut and dried

a) The new owner is known to be ruthless and his first action is likely to be getting rid of any dead wood in the organisation.

b) The new manager would love to rid himself of the dead wood left behind by his predecessor but is worried about the reaction of staff.

'Dead wood' refers to people and sometimes things that are no longer required.

a) If I can only get my foot in the door somehow I'm sure I can make an impression.

b) Interested in getting your foot in the door in the banking industry? Then come along to our networking event this week.

If you 'get your foot in the door' you take on a low-level job in order to work your way up the organisation.

a) The deal isn't cut and dried yet but I'm pretty confident we'll agree terms.

b) A deal might be agreed but it's not cut and dried until the contract is signed.

If an arrangement or decision is 'cut and dried' it is settled and unchangeable.

1) If you were trying to identify dead wood in an organisation what would you be looking for?
2) Would you consider taking lower-level jobs just to get a foot in the door of a company you'd like to work for?
3) Are there any decisions or agreements that you're involved in which are, or are not yet, cut and dried?
by scummy | 2008-06-30 23:03

word bank #124

The original sales estimates now look over-optimistic, especially as we did not provide for a slump in the economy.
provide for: "to make arrangements for something"

1. The disgraced sportsperson spent a lot of time in the wilderness.

2. Winning the competition seemed beyond my wildest dream.

3. News of the terrorist attack spread like wildfire.

1. It was a pity she was a vegetarian. The buffet lunch had some delicious-looking chicken legs!

2. I really need to get up and stretch my legs after sitting down all day.

3. The girl rolled up the legs of her trousers before she went paddling in the sea.
by scummy | 2008-06-30 23:02 | CPE

word bank #84

The boss really tore into me about not getting that report finished in time.
tear into: "to criticize someone"

1. Don't be so disobedient. Do as you're told and put your toys away.

2. One of the things you must insist on in the army is obedience.

3. He called the dog and it came running up to him obediently.

I worked all night long in order to meet the deadline. I finally managed to hand my essay in on time.
"to meet a deadline"
by scummy | 2008-06-30 23:01 | CAE

word bank #83

His mum told him to clear off when he asked to borrow the car. She didn't trust him with it.
clear off: "to tell someone to go away"

1. He's very competitive. He always has to win anything he plays.

2. The team played extremely competitively and at times were a little too enthusiastic.

3. She's always entering competitions. In fact she often wins.

There's nothing wrong with me. I'm perfectly OK. Stop making a fuss.
"to make a fuss"
by scummy | 2008-06-30 23:01 | CAE

word bank #84

Several schools will have to close due to the government's decision to cut back on spending on education.
cut back: "to reduce spending on something"

1. Let's go to the tourist information office to see if we can get a map of the city.

2. It's a very interesting book and extremely informative.

3. She keeps up to date with current affairs and is always well-informed about anything that's in the news.

We had a meeting yesterday and set the date for the examinations. They'll be held on the 17th.
"to set a date"
by scummy | 2008-06-30 23:00 | FCE

word bank #83

You always hate going to visit my parents. Don't make out it's a pleasure for you when it isn't.
make out: "to pretend"

1. I'm just writing to thank you for the kindness you showed us following our recent problems.

2. Don't be unkind to your brother. Share your toys with him.

3. Will whoever hid my pen kindly return it immediately.

My favourite type of TV programmes are those that deal with current affairs.
"current affairs"
by scummy | 2008-06-30 23:00 | FCE

penny-pinching, empty-handed, put your money where your mouth is

a) Andrea is often accused of being penny-pinching but I think she has a very sensible attitude towards money.

b) He's got a very penny-pinching attitude and refuses to spend anything on repairs to the apartment.

If someone is 'penny-pinching' they are mean and spend the least amount of money as possible on something.

a) I was hoping to buy some nice clothes but we came away from the shops empty-handed.

b) Even though they'd had high hopes of winning something at the casino they came back empty-handed.

If you come away from somewhere 'empty-handed' you return without anything.

a) If you want to help fight poverty you should put your money where your mouth is.

b) You keep saying you could beat me but you refuse to put your money where your mouth is.

If you 'put your money where your mouth is' you back up your words with action.

1) Do you know somebody who could be described as penny-pinching?
2) When you go shopping for clothes do you often return home empty-handed or do you usually find what you're looking for?
3) If you face a challenge are you able to put your money where your mouth is?
by scummy | 2008-06-30 22:58

word bank #123

She swears she's never going to have children because she doesn't want them to tie her down.
tie down: "to restrict someone's freedom"

1. We are pleased to welcome Dr. Smith as our guest speaker. Not only is he a renowned zoologist but also a prolific writer.

2. I collected a number of important zoological specimens during my trip to Africa.

3. Have you ever visited the Cambridge Museum of zoology. You must do as it's absolutely fascinating.

1. The child jammed his hands deep inside his pockets and stormed off in a huff.

2. The printer's not working again. It looks as though the paper has got jammed again.

3. During the Lord Mayor's procession the streets were jammed with people and the cars couldn't get through at all.
by scummy | 2008-06-30 22:57 | CPE

word bank #82

I didn't use to like Terry, but lately he's started to grow on me.
grow on: "to start to like something or someone"

1. As soon as I arrive at the hotel I'm going to unpack the suitcase and go straight down to the beach.

2. A package arrived for you in the post this morning.

3. Why do they use so much packaging on goods? It's such a waste of paper.

I get so tired at work that I reach a point when I can't concentrate anymore.
"to reach a point"
by scummy | 2008-06-30 22:53 | CAE

word bank #82

I was really taken in by his story about being poor and in need of some money. I never realised he had loads of money in the bank.
take in: "to deceive someone"

1. You can tell she's an architect, can't you? Her house is so tastefully decorated.

2. I enjoyed that cake. It was really tasty.

3. The last time I ate in that restaurant the food was completely tasteless. I think they must have forgotten to season it.

I hate talking about politics. Can we just drop the subject please?
"to drop the subject"
by scummy | 2008-06-30 22:52 | FCE


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