Reading – Idioms & Phrasal Verbs #3

My New Job

About 5 years ago, I had to take time off work to take care of my sick mother. It was difficult to get by and cut back on my expenses. I realized I would soon be broke if I did not come up with a solution. Luckily, my mother began feeling better and I could return to work. Jobs were a dime a dozen but I wanted a golden opportunity.

My first interview was terrible and I began having second thoughts. I did not have enough experience and I had to move on. I tried to look on the bright side and I kept my fingers crossed.

After a few days, a company called me about a great job opening. It was mind blowing. All I could think about was getting through the interview. This was my golden opportunity but I had to calm down and take it easy.

In a nutshell, I had a successful interview. I looked him in the eye and got straight to the point. I said that this was my golden opportunity and I would not let him down. He agreed with me.

My first day, I was nervous and I had to break the ice and get to know my colleagues. I did not want to make waves so I had to know who I can count on. After one week, my job was a piece of cake.

After 5 years, I ended up doing the interviewing for new employees. I have come a long way and I am on cloud nine.


Idioms & Phrasal Verbs

take time off – Take a break away from work
take care ofTo help / protect
get by – To succeed with basic necessities or effort
cut back on – To use or consume less of something / reduce
be broke – This phrase is used when someone loses or spends all their money.
come up – Make an idea or plan
dime a dozen –This phrase is used for something that is very easy to find with a low value.
golden opportunity –A golden opportunity is an opportunity that is rare and valuable.
having second thoughts –  Think about changing a decision
move on – go forward
look on the bright side – To be positive
kept my fingers crossed – Hope for a positive outcome
mind blowing – Something that is extraordinary or unbelievable
getting through- To succeed or finish
calm down- relax after being angry
take it easy- Relaxing
In a nutshell –Explain it short and simple or summarize. 
look him in the eye –Make eye contact to show you are honest
get straight to the point –To clearly say exactly what you mean..
let down-to disappoint / to lengthen
agree with-Have same opinion
break the ice –Start a conversation; Do something new
to make waves-To cause problems
count on-To rely on a person or thing
piece of cake-Something which is very easy
ended up-To do /to reach /to decide
come a long way- to improve a lot
on cloud nine-Very happy or excited

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