on the line

by | Last updated May 30, 2019 | Expressions | 2 comments

on the line

by | Last updated May 30, 2019 | Expressions | 2 comments

This sentence contains the expression "on the line". Do you know this idiom? How much of the sentence can you understand?

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Language: C1 (Advanced)  //  Accent: North American

Photo by Leio McLaren (@leiomclaren) on Unsplash

This sentence contains the expression "on the line". Do you know this idiom? How much of the sentence can you understand?

 

Listen as many times as you need to, then check your understanding and practise using the new language.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

 

Language: C1 (Advanced)  //  Accent: North American

 

Photo by Leio McLaren (@leiomclaren) on Unsplash

Paul .
Paul lot of pressure deal – I job is .
Paul is a lot of pressure to this deal – I his job is on the .

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on the line

If something is 'on the line', then it is at risk. e.g. If you want to be a firefighter, then you have to be prepared to put your life on the line on a daily basis.

In the example, if Paul doesn't close the deal then he will probably get fired.

This idiom can be used in any situation when something could be lost or harmed. Your health could be on the line, your home, your career, your marriage, even your life. 


Notice the expression 'under pressure' - this is a very useful collocation to use when describing a situation where you experience pressure or stress. e.g. I'm under pressure to work this Saturday, but I really don't want to.

The expression 'to close a deal' is used to say that a business negotiation has been successfully concluded and a deal has been agreed. e.g. We made them a very good offer for the car, but unfortunately we couldn't close the deal.

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  • Can you remember a time when your job was on the line?

  • Would you ever consider working in a profession where you had to put your life on the line?

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Of course I can remember a time when my job was on the line. In that job I had to meet the requirements of production. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it. That led to me becoming unemployed. Personally, I would never consider working in a profession where I had to put my life on the line. However, I commend those brave people whose profession makes them put their life on the line constantly, such as those brave firefighters who put out the inferno which devastated the Notre Dame Cathedral. I definitely admire those kinds of people who no doubt put their… Read more »

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