Work Idioms

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cakewalk

Meaning: something that can be easily accomplished.

Example: I thought the course was going to be difficult, but it ended up being a cakewalk. Read more ➺


busy as a beaver

Meaning: work very hard and actively.

Example: I often find my husband in the garage, busy as a beaver, working on some new project. Read more ➺


make common cause

Meaning: to enter into an agreement or shared effort, especially for expedient purposes and with a party (or parties) otherwise deemed to be enemies.

Example: We have set aside our disagreements and made common cause. Read more ➺


do one’s bit

Meaning: to do a share of a task.

Example: When people canĀ "do their bit", they are helping supportĀ a larger cause. Read more ➺


blood, sweat, and tears

Meaning: putting a lot of effort to get a task done.

Example: He has put in nothing but blood, sweat, and tears into this company. Read more ➺


body and soul

Meaning: with all one's effort and ability

Example: A great painter must put their body and soul onto the canvas. Read more ➺


burn the candle at both ends

Meaning: to exhaust someone's energies or resources by leading a hectic life.

Example: Since starting my new job, I have been burning the candle at both ends. Read more ➺


a tall order

Meaning: a challenging task or difficult requirement

Example: Telling a player to score six goals in one game is a tall order. Read more ➺


buckle down

Meaning: make sure something stays in place

Example: She knew if she didn't buckle down, the tasks wouldn't get done. Read more ➺


lone it

Meaning: to do an activity alone

Example: They asked him to go to the movies, but he decided to lone it. Read more ➺


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