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Hello I'm Emma from mmmEnglish!
Idioms are a very common part of the English language
and I'm sure I don't need to tell you
that they're challenging to learn and use.
And that's because the meaning of the whole idiom
is often different to the individual meaning
of each word in it.
But that's no reason to jump ship!
In this lesson, I'm going to share some fantastic idioms
that are all about sailing
and of course, they're idioms.
So just because the word sail or sailing or ship or boat
appear in them,
doesn't mean that you have to be on the water
while using them.
They're all commonly used in every day situations
that have got nothing to do with sailing or boating at all!
In fact,
many of the idioms that I'll be sharing in this lesson are
frequently used when talking about work or colleagues,
often in professional context or even if
you're talking casually about work.
So let's dive in!
Starting with
to get someone on board or to be on board.
Now usually, the term "on board" is used when you're
travelling on a ship or on a plane.
When you're on board, you're on the ship
or you're on the plane.
But this concept is also used to say that someone
agrees with an idea, an opinion or a plan
to get something done.
It's to get approval or support for something.
It's a great idea,
but you need to get Simon on board
if you want to make it happen!
It's often used in business contexts
but it can be used informally
when you're trying to convince a friend to do something.
We're thinking about hiring a car for the weekend
and driving down the coast, are you on board?
That means do you agree with this or
do you want to be involved?
To jump ship.
Now, traditionally this expression was used on a boat
when a sailor left a ship without permission.
But these days this idiom is often used
when someone leaves a difficult situation
when really they should stay and deal with it.
It can also be used when a person deserts someone
or a group of people
leaving them to deal with a problem.
If I got offered the same job but with a higher salary,
of course I'd jump ship!
So I'd leave my current job and work for a company
that paid me more!
Of course I would!
I think that you should jump ship now
before the funding cuts are made!
In this context, the speaker is considering leaving the
company that they work for and looking for another job.
We need to offer our employees a competitive salary
otherwise they'll jump ship
and they'll be working for our competitors!
Smooth sailing.
Now this phrase is used as an adjective
to say that something is easy or manageable.
Progress is being made,
everything is happening according to plan.
We had some problems early on,
but it's been smooth sailing
since we hired a project manager!
Great work everyone! But, it's not smooth sailing yet,
we've still got two truckloads to unload before 9 o'clock!
That ship sailed.
Now this idiom is used when an opportunity
has been missed
and it's too late to change the situation.
Imagine that you bought tickets on an amazing cruise,
a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
and as you arrived at the port, to get on the ship,
you see it sailing off into the sunset.
You've missed it
and there is no chance
that you're getting on that boat now.
That ship has sailed.
And this context can be used or applied to any situation
where an opportunity is missed.
More often than not,
the words 'ship' and 'has' are contracted together
so it sounds like that ship sailed.
It's disappointing,
but we just need to accept that ship sailed
and move on.
Since your ex-girlfriend has just got engaged,
it's safe to say that ship sailed!
A sinking ship.
That's not a good thing, a sinking ship!
Jump off before you go down with it!
A sinking ship is a company or an organisation
that is failing.
The future is not looking good, it's doomed.
As he left the management meeting,
he realised he was on board a sinking ship.
The company was in trouble
and there were serious problems
that could affect the company's operation.
So it's a sinking ship.
It sounds like you're on a sinking ship,
I'd start looking for a new job if I was you.
To run a tight ship.
This idiom is used
to describe the way that a company or a team is run,
managed by someone with very strict
but very effective rules.
A person who runs a tight ship
doesn't allow mistakes to be made.
Our boss runs a tight ship and she expects everyone
to work very hard.
Now that Sue's left,
it's become really obvious that she ran a tight ship.
It's been absolute chaos without her!
And lastly,
enough to sink a ship.
Can you imagine how much weight it takes
to sink a ship?
A lot!
So this idiom is used when you have more
than the amount that you need.
At our family gatherings,
there's always enough food to sink a ship!
A lot - way more than we ever need.
Look at all that luggage... That's enough to sink a ship!
Well, who would have thought that there were so many
useful idioms about sailing?
And I want to know, are any of these idioms
similar to ones that you use in your own language?
Because often there are similarities
and that can make them a little easier to remember.
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Bye for now!


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