10+ Useful Idioms Related to Jobs in English | Learn Job Idioms

Learn common Job Idioms in English with meaning and examples.

Learn the Ropes

  • Meaning: Become more familiar with a job or field of endeavor; be trained
  • Example: It will take me several months to learn the ropes, but I’m sure you’ll be satisfied with my performance.

Get the Sack/ Be Sacked

  • Meaning: To be fired
  • Example: I just got the sack, and so did 20 other people. I have three hours pack up my things and leave the office.

Note: “Be sacked” is known and understood on the USA, but “get the sack” is much less common.

Off the Hook

  • Meaning: Free from blame or responsibility to do something
  • Example: Jason said he’d finish the project tonight, so you’re off the hook.

Note: You can also be “on the hook.”

Hanging by a Thread

  • Meaning: In great danger of elimination or failure
  • Example: After you botched a third sales presentation, your job is hanging by a thread -you really need to improve.

Useful Job Idioms in English

10+ Useful Idioms Related to Jobs in English | Learn Job Idioms

Burn the Candle at Both Ends

  • Meaning: Work very long hours
  • Example: I’ve been working two jobs so we can buy a car, but I’m very tired. I’m burning the candle at both ends.

Rank and File

  • Meaning: The ordinary members of an organization
  • Example: Labor leaders announced that they have agreed to a new contract, but the rank and file still don’t like it.

Pink Slip

  • Meaning: A layoff notice; loss of a job, typically because of layoffs
  • Example: After teaching for ten years in that district, I got a pink slip last Tuesday.

Note: You can also say “pink-slipped” – I was pink-slipped.

Out of Work

  • Meaning: Unemployed
  • Example: I’ve been out of work since December. Hope I find a new job soon!

Move Up in the World

  • Meaning: Become more successful
  • Example: You’re driving a Lexus now. I can see you’re moving up in the world.

Give Someone The Old Heave-Ho

  • Meaning: Fire someone, remove someone from a group or team
  • Example: Linda hasn’t done a bit of work in months. I think it’s time we gave her the old heave-ho.

All In A Day’s Work (Excl.)

  • Meaning: That’s what I’m here for; although I have accomplished something, it is part of what I’m expected to do .
  • Example: Jim, you really did well on that presentation! – Oh, all in a day’s work!

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