Idioms on A Project is a Race

This is lesson 4 from Idiom Part 1. Each idiom is followed by its definition and examples. After you learn them, you can use them in your daily conversation.

 

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Idioms Related To The Office is a Battlefield

 

English Idiom Part 1- Lesson 9

1- At a steady pace= happening gradually and consistently

Public spending continues to rise at a steady pace.

 

2- Handed the baton= handing the job over to someone else

He’s handed the baton over to Jeff until he’s well enough to return to work.

 

3- On the home straight= the last part of a long and difficult activity

It’s taken three months, but we’re on the home straight now.

 

4- Deserve a medal= said when a job is well done

You finished your department’s annual report in only four days. You deserve a medal for that.

 

5- A major hurdle = great obstacle

Getting the Board of Directors to agree to the changes we want to make could be a major hurdle.

 

6- On the last lap = almost finished

Don’t worry. Only two hundred more addresses. We’re on the last lap now.

 

7- On the starting blocks= on the primary stages

The shareholders’ report hasn’t been written yet. I’m afraid we’re still on the starting blocks

 

8- A race against time= in a hurry

Everything needs to be finished by Friday, so we’re in a race against time.

 

9- Working overtime= when someone works more than the usual required time

The project won’t be finished if we keep this pace. We gotta work overtime.

 

10- The finishing line is in sight= The end of process, development or endeavor

I’m pleased to say the finishing line is in sight. The book will be published in the spring.

 

11- (Turn into or become a ) Marathon= when a task is taking too long to finish.

This project is taking ages. It’s turning into a marathon, hasn’t it?

 

12- In a record time= rapidly, very fast

Everyone worked so well together that the brochure was designed, printed, and in the shops in a record time.

 

13- Fall at the first hurdle=It goes wrong or fails at early stage (like starting point)

The idea could fall at the first hurdle if they fail to secure the investors approval

 

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Idioms Related To Economic Is Flying
 

Related Idioms

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