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rank and file

Meaning: the ordinary staff members of an organization, and not the leaders or officers.

Example: The rank-and-file members need to unite and fight against the savage management. Read more ➺

in lieu of

Meaning: place of, in place of, or instead of.

Example: The employee received a cash payment¬†in lieu of vacation days she was unable to take. Read more ➺

faux pas

Meaning: embarrassing or tactless action or remark.

Example: Jenny realized she had committed a¬†faux pas when the guest of honor left in a huff. Read more ➺

code of conduct

Meaning: set rules and regulations governing a group of people.

Example: The code of conduct of that organization requires people to pass through the security office before entering. Read more ➺

man of straw

Meaning: a person who is disregarded as lacking character or morality.

Example: He's just a man of straw, easily manipulated by powerful people. Read more ➺

blind alley

Meaning: a street, road, or alley that closes at one end.

Example: I've been researching this problem for days, and I think I'm in a blind alley. There doesn't seem to be any way around it. Read more ➺

as broad as long

Meaning: it remains the same regardless of how you view it.

Example: Can we go today or tomorrow? It is as broad as it is long, so you choose. Read more ➺

take a back seat

Meaning: to take a less significant role or position.

Example: I decided to take a back seat so as to let my boss handle the problem. Read more ➺

back to basics

Meaning: start to give your attention to the simplest and most important matters after ignoring them for a while.

Example: After struggling to comprehend the intricate components, it's time to go back to the basics and refresh ourselves on the basic principles of the topic. Read more ➺

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