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on board

Meaning: be physically on a plane, ship, vehicle, train, or rocket

Example: Let's get Phoebe on board for the Madison project. After all, it is her area of expertise. Read on

leaps and bounds

Meaning: progress very quickly

Example: Regan's reading skills are coming on in leaps and bounds with the new teacher. Read on

call the shots

Meaning: to be in charge of what is happening and what should happen

Example: The policeman is the one who will call the shots during the political gatherings. Read on

cut the cord

Meaning: to end a connection with someone

Example: In order to achieve true independence, developing countries must cut the cord and stop asking for financial aid from the developed countries. Read on

brain drain

Meaning: the migration of highly skilled or trained people from a particular country

Example: The slowdown in the advanced countries triggered a reverse brain drain to developing countries. Read on

take a cue from

Meaning: to do what is recommended by someone else

Example: I'm not good at belly dance, so I'll take my cue from you. Read on

get the sack (boot, axe)

Meaning: be dismissed from the job

Example: If you can't do your job properly, you're going to get the sack. Read on

part and parcel

Meaning: something that is a basic or essential element of the whole

Example: Darkness is part and parcel of the night. Read on

take it up/down a notch

Meaning: apply more effort to achieve a goal

Example: The team got through to the quarter-finals. Now they need to take it up a notch to get to the semis. Read on

rest assured

Meaning: emphasizing that there is no need to worry

Example: You can rest assured that the transaction will be completed by the close of business today. Read on

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put your foot in it

Meaning: say something (by mistake) that upsets, humiliates, or embarrasses someone

Example: Carla put her foot right in it when she congratulated her neighbour on being pregnant. It turns out she's not expecting but had just put on weight. Read on

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