Flashcards in 37 Meeting Deck (23):
Make sth of sb/sth
Understand or regard sb/sth in a particular way
I didn't know what to make of my boss at first.
To start/begin with
Cant mean ' at the beginning', but it can also be used to emphasize a list of points to support an argument
The hotel was awful. To start with, the room was dirty, then the service... .
SYN for a start
Play it by ear
Deal with a situation by reacting as things happen, rather than having a plan.
She didn't know what to expect from her new job,so she played it by ear.
(Right) from the word go
(Right) from the beginning
With open arms
If you welcome or greet sb with open arms, you welcome them in a very affectionate and enthusiastic way
(Feel) at home
(Feel) comfortable and relaxed.
Be on the same wavelength
(Of two or more people)
Think in a similar way about something
My heart was in my mouth
Used to say you felt very nervous or frightened about something
Be struck by sb/sth
Be impressed by or interested in something
E.g. I was immediately struck by his sense of fun.
Having strange habits,not normal but cool
Have a good rapport with somebody
Have a close relationship with somebody
In dribs and drabs
Gradually and in small amounts or numbers.
Participants are allowed to arrive in dribs and drabs.
Throw sth together
Make or produce sth in a hurry.
I threw together some lunch.
Lay sth down
Officially state rules,principles, etc. that people must obey or follow.
E.g. He hasn't laid down clear rules for the conduct of the meeting.
Hold the floor
Speak during a discussion, especially for a long time so that nobody else can speak.
E.g. Don't hold the floor so others can't speak.
Speak about sth for a long time in a boring or confusing way.
Continue for longer than planned.
Rush into sth
Do sth without thinking carefully about it first.
Rush into decisions
Leave sth hanging
Fail to make a definite decision or statement about sth
E.g. The situation was left hanging for days.
Forge ahead (with sth )
Make strong and steady progress with sth
We are forging ahead with the project.
To the detriment of sth/ sb
Resulting in harm or damage to sth/sb.