Use these work idioms in conversation to talk about your job, your working matters, office politics and relationships. All these idioms are connected with the world of work.



Learn the ropes

Meaning: Become more familiar with a job or field of endeavor; be trained

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

I just got the sack, and so did 20 other people. I have three hours to pack up my things and leave the office.



Off the Hook

Meaning: Free from blame or responsibilities to do something

 Jason said he’d finish the project tonight, so you’re off the hook.



Hanging by a Thread

Meaning: In great danger of elimination or failure

After you botched a third sales presentation, your job is hanging by a thread -you really need to improve.



Burn the Candle at Both Ends

Meaning: Work very long hours

I’ve been doing two jobs, but I’m super tired. I’m burning the candle at both ends.



Out of Work

Meaning: Unemployed

I’ve been out of work since December. Hope I find a new job soon!