Idiom 8

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Meaning: To discontinue a practice or to stop an event from happening.

Example: This product is not selling well, maybe it’s time to pull the plug.

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Idiom 7

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Meaning: To be in agreement.

Example: Before we have our conference call, let’s make sure we are all on the same page about staffing issues.

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Idiom 6

logo_96Muddy the waters

Meaning: To make something unclear or confusing

Example: Putting a new system in place now will just muddy the waters.

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Silver lining time

sunraysLet’s look beyond the headlines for a moment. This article from the Wall St. Journal has the gloomy headline of “Canadian Minister Says Outlook Is Getting Worse”. The article outlines some of the challenges the Canadian economy is facing and discussed a proposed stimulus package.

Most media reports indicate that a stimulus package will have some sort of component that includes massive spending on infrastructure projects. This means that billions of dollars will be pumped into the system for roads, bridges, transit, water, energy, port expansion and other projects. Companies and municipalities will need to hire qualified technicians, engineers, labourers, accountants and other workers in order to ensure they can complete these projects.

Bonus idiom: Every cloud has a silver lining

Idiom 5

logo_96Shoot the breeze

Meaning: To have a casual conversation with someone.

Example: Give me a call sometime and we’ll shoot the breeze.

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Idiom 4

logo_96Long Shot

Meaning: Something that has little chance of being successful.

Example: Being rewarded that contract is a long shot at best.

Idiom 3

logo_96Hit the nail on the head

Meaning: to describe exactly what is causing a situation or problem

Example: Andre really hit the nail on the head when he explained why we are always over budget