English idioms for Work and Real Life

Using idioms even in your own language can be difficult but when it comes to using English as your main language at work it takes a lot more effort to get used to a new language environment. Idioms can make communication at work much faster and easier and sometimes more fun as well! Sometimes short phrases can say more than you expect it to be said. That’s why it is important to know and use idioms at work and in real life.



But before using any idioms, it takes to make sure about the meaning. The difference can be seen between the cultural or national level. For example: 

“Stiff upper lip” – Something a British people might be better at keeping, but originally the phrase comes from the US.

“Pen pusher” – It is mostly used in British English, but an idiom itself originated from the United States, where people today usually use “pencil pusher” to mean the same, a low-level manager.


5 idioms for a job.

1. Gravy train – easy money. 

This phrase can be used to refer to a situation in which you or your colleague can make a lot of money for very little effort.

“Come to Hollywood and get on the gravy train.”


2. Bring home the bacon – provide for the family/ succeed in work.

Usually, this phrase comes in the context of salary and earning money in general.

“My husband works extra hard and a lot to bring home the bacon.”


3. On the spur of the moment – feel the moment/ understand the current situation.

The phrase can be used for the “special feel” of one of the colleagues or the general manager himself in an important workflow moment.

“Our company was desperate to sign an agreement with a new partner and our CEO was on the spur of the moment to do it one a proper time!”


4. Be as busy as a bee – to be covered by a working routine.

Description of an extremely busy person at the moment. 

“Look at John, he always looks like he’s as busy as a bee.


5. Monkey business – useless work.

Playful or tricky behavior of colleagues at work. Usually pointless.

“She wasn’t going to have any monkey business where the reputation of her only daughter was concerned.”


5 daily routine idioms.

1. As cool as a cucumber – to be cold minded.

A person who always stays with a cold mind and calm no matter what happens around. 

“Ethan is playing football on a professional level. He needs to make a fast decision. By staying as cool as a cucumber Ethan is always becoming a man of the match.”


2. A hard nut to crack – a difficult task.

Can be used for describing the hard-to-do task. Also, this phrase can be applied to a person with strong willpower.

“Anna is really good at keeping secrets! She is always step-aside of gossips. She is a hard nut to crack.”


3. Top dog  – winner/ dominator.

A phrase that describes the person as always confident and really important. Every challenge won by this person. 

“Have you seen this movie with Bruce Willis on it? He was a top dog on it!”


4. Give someone a hard time – to be rude or annoying with somebody.

The phrase means that a person, situation, or action makes a negative impact on a subject.

“If my boss would stop giving me a hard time about everything I do, I might get this project done on time.”

5. Shoot the breeze – babbling/ talking about something not important.

The phrase usually used for describing not important conversations, sort of “blah-blah” talks.

“The kids usually shooting the breeze at breakups between classes.”


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In conclusion, it is important to mention that it is extremely important to understand the exact meaning of every idiom you use in real life or at the job. Otherwise, it can cause a negative impact on a situation or even a career itself! 

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