Business body idioms pairwork dictation

Student A

Choose one of the idioms below and read out just the part in bold to your partner. They will pick one of the meanings they have mixed up on their worksheet, and you should try to decide if it is the right one. If you need to, you can then read out your whole example sentence to check

He was caught red-handed changing the company’s accounts to boost the share price and so had no choice but to resign

If you have a moment, I would like to pick your brains about my new project, as you worked on something similar last year

I should’ve studied English more when I had time on my hands when I was a university student

We were glad to see the back of Total Quality Management in our company, but the next management trend will be just around the corner!

There’s something odd about the new CEO, but I can’t quite put my finger on it

The workers are up in arms about a pay rise offer of only 2% percent in a time of rising profits and inflation

I got off on the wrong foot with my new company in Manchester when I told everyone I was a Chelsea fan on my first day

Bernie Madoff couldn’t pull the wool over their eyes forever, and his Ponzi scheme fraud went the way of all the others and collapsed

Part Two

Now listen to your partner read out just the parts in bold (the idiom) in their first example. Look at the definitions below and read out the one that you think best matches the meaning of the idiom that they said and see if they agree with you. If you need to, ask them to read out the whole example sentence so that you can check, then continue with the next example, etc. When you have decided for sure, write the idioms next to the explanations below.

Immune to or not notice criticism

Make sure people are alert and can’t feel too settled

Looking at something from the opposite point of view, e.g. looking at the negative consequences

Something that is a generalisation or simplification but often holds true

Make it clear that you are not too closely involved in something

React to circumstances without knowing what will happen in advance

Clap/ Give a round of applause

An instinctive (not logical) idea or prediction

Business body idioms pairwork dictation

Student B

Part One

 

Listen to your partner read out just the parts in bold (the idiom) in their first example. Look at the definitions below and read out the one that you think best matches the meaning of the idiom that they said and see if they agree with you. If you need to, ask them to read out the whole example sentence so that you can check, then continue with the next example, etc. When you have decided for sure, write the idioms next to the explanations below.

  • a) Not able to define or understand something exactly
  • b) Fool people
  • c) See someone committing a crime or doing something wrong
  • d) Have plenty of leisure
  • e) Make a bad start
  • f) Very unhappy about or protesting
  • g) See if you have any good ideas that can help me
  • h) It’s gone, and we are happy about that

Part Two

Choose one of the idioms below and read out just the part in bold to your partner. They will pick one of the meanings they have mixed up on their worksheet, and you should try to decide if it is the right one. If you need to, you can then read out your whole example sentence to check

I didn’t have any time to prepare for the meeting and had no idea what the client’s response to our products would be, so I just played it by ear

I think working abroad would be a great learning experience, but on the other hand it would probably interrupt my long term career plans

Now, here is our guest speaker for the day, Steve Jobs. Let’s all give him a big hand

My favourite business rule of thumb is that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is

Some big companies have separate teams working on competing products in the same segment to keep everyone on their toes

You have to be thick skinned to be a PR consultant, and you take things too much to heart to be suited to a job like that

The business plan seems perfect on paper, but I have a gut feeling that it will all go horribly wrong

Despite its high profits since they took it over, the conglomerate’s top management are keeping the consumer loans division at arm’s length in case it becomes a victim of the bad publicity or sudden drop in profits that that part of the finance sector is prone to

Business body idioms pairwork dictation- Answer key

He was caught red-handed changing the company’s accounts to boost the share price and so had no choice but to resign – See someone committing a crime or doing something wrong

If you have a moment, I would like to pick your brains about my new project, as you worked on something similar last year – See if you have any good ideas that can help me

I should’ve studied English more when I had time on my hands when I was a university student- Have plenty of leisure

We were glad to see the back of Total Quality Management in our company, but the next management trend will be just around the corner!- It’s gone, and we are happy about that

There’s something odd about the new CEO, but I can’t quite put my finger on it – Not able to define or understand something exactly

The workers are up in arms about a pay rise offer of only 2% percent in a time of rising profits and inflation- Very unhappy about or protesting

I got off on the wrong foot with my new company in Manchester when I told everyone I was a Chelsea fan on my first day- Make a bad start

Bernie Madoff couldn’t pull the wool over their eyes forever, and his Ponzi scheme fraud went the way of all the others and collapsed- Fool people

I didn’t have any time to prepare for the meeting and had no idea what the client’s response to our products would be, so I just played it by ear- React to circumstances without knowing what will happen in advance

I think working abroad would be a great learning experience, but on the other hand it would probably interrupt my long term career plans- Looking at something from the opposite point of view, e.g. looking at the negative consequences

Now, here is our guest speaker for the day, Steve Jobs. Let’s all give him a big hand- Clap/ give a round of applause

My favourite business rule of thumb is that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is- Something that is a generalisation or simplification but often holds true

Some big companies have separate teams working on competing products in the same segment to keep everyone on their toes– Make sure people are alert and can’t feel too settled

You have to be thick skinned to be a PR consultant, and you take things too much to heart to be suited to a job like that- Immune to or not notice criticism

The business plan seems perfect on paper, but I have a gut feeling that it will all go horribly wrong- An instinctive (not logical) idea or prediction

Despite its high profits since they took it over, the conglomerate’s top management are keeping the consumer loans division at arm’s length in case it becomes a victim of the bad publicity or sudden drop in profits that that part of the finance sector is prone to- Make it clear that you are not too closely involved in something

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