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Top 15 Communication Idioms To Use At Work

Ever feel like your colleagues speak in riddles? It's true that native-English speakers sometimes talk a mile a minute, but knowing all these communication idioms will help you keep up with them!

Communication Idioms

Here you have a list with the most common idioms about communication. Check it out and put them in practice at work or with a teacher:

Practice idioms in conversation

■  He talks a mile a minute.  - Very quickly.
■ If you ever come to New York, drop me a line.  - Send me a note or a letter.
■  Tell me about it, get it off your chest.  - Say it and feel relieved.
■  "Are you listening to me?" "Yes, I'm all ears.  - I'm paying attention to you.
■  Please keep me In the loop / He said we kept him out of the loop,  - Aware (or unaware) of information known to only a group.
■  I've tried to discuss it with her, but it's like talking to a brick wall.  - The person is not listening or paying attention.
■  It's on the tip of my tongue.  - I can almost remember but not quite.
■  Anyway, long story short, we're moving to Germany.  - To skip boring, unnecessary details.
■  "How much is the house worth?" "Off the top of my head, I'd say around $160,000."  - From memory, without thinking too much.
■   They put me on the spot when they asked me about my other projects.  - They forced me into a difficult situation / asked me a difficult question.
■   Rumors spread like wildfire when people are excited.  - Circulate very quickly.
■  Take everything she says with a pinch of salt, because she tends to exaggerate.  - Be a bit skeptical about it.
■  Stop talking in riddles and tell me what this is about.  - Speak in a convoluted/complicated way.
■  I was just calling to touch base since it's been a few weeks since we last spoke.  - To contact someone for an update.
■  We get most of our work through word-of-mouth recommendations.  - Spread by people talking about it.


Conversation questions

  • Do you know anyone who speaks in riddles
  • What is something you found out through word of mouth?
  • From your friends, do you have to take any of them with a pinch of salt?
  • What do you do when you have something on the tip of your tongue?
  • Have you ever tried to discuss something with someone and it was like talking to a brick wall?
  • What do you do if a colleague/customer is talking a mile a minute and you can't understand?
  • Off the top of your head, how many employees are there in your company?
  • Have you ever felt that you needed to get something off your chest?
  • Have any rumors about you ever spread like wildfire?


Fill the gaps with the correct word:

  1. I can't really understand my new colleague. He talks a __ a minute.
  2. We've tried to make him understand, but it's like talking to a __ wall.
  3. Sorry I told you this long story, I just needed to get it off my __.
  4. If you ever need anything, drop me a __.
  5. Her name? Oh, it's on the __ of my tongue.
  6. Tell me about your new project, I'm all __.
  7. We'll keep you in the __ with all the updates.
  8. Anyway, __ story short, we need to postpone the deadline.
  9. He's very hard-working, but when it comes to timeline, take him with a __ of salt.
  10. She explained the whole thing, but to be honest, she was talking in __ and no one fully understood.
  11. Hi, I was just calling to touch __. How's the new venture going?
  12. How did you find out about them? Just word of __!


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