For the time being
We can use this phrase when we are talking about something that will likely change in the future.
For example, "The crisis in Fukushima seems to be under control for the time being, but who knows what will happen if there is another big earthquake or tsunami."
That's all for the time being.
Have a nice day!
Off the cuff
Have you ever been in a meeting of lesson when someone was totally unprepared and their answers were not particularly well thought out?
These kinds of answers are "off the cuff".
Do you do it too?
Enjoy your day.
Pulling my leg
Being stood up
Have you ever waited for someone at a cafe or restaurant only to have them call you to say they can't make it?
This is called "being stood up".
Strangely enough, being called a "stand-up guy" means you are reliable.
After all, English is a strange language.
Enjoy your day.
Recently there have been many exciting developments in our schools. As a result, we have been a bit "snowed under" with additional tasks and took a one month break from one point lessons.
We can use "snowed under" when we are overwhelmed by work....
Take care that you don't get snowed under too!
What's in it for me?
This is a useful phrase to use when someone asks you to do a favour and you want to know how you will benefit from helping them.
For example, your boss asks you to work back late and help cover the late shift. You are not really sure you want to do it so you want to see what they will offer to do in return.
Boss: Could you do me a favour and do the late shift tonight as we are short staffed?
You: I worked every evening last week. What's in it for me?
This way you can let your boss know they are in your debt.
Do the math
Do the math is another way to say "think about it"...
For example: You and your friends want to go out for the evening but you only have one car and there are 9 of you.
Your friend says: Why don't we go in your car?
You say: I only have a Corolla and there are nine of us, we'd better call a taxi. You do the math.
Next time, try it out....
Bear with me
"Bear with me" is a phrase that we can use to ask someone to give us time, i.e. "be patient".
For example: "Bear with me for a moment while I check my calendar, please."
Try and use it next time you want to say "Please wait"
"Big deal" can be used to talk about something which had been exaggerated or that we don't think is so important.
For example: Your friend tells you they just got a new phone, but you are not really impressed. You reply, "Big deal, it's just a phone...."
Or, your friend surprises you for your birthday with a huge cake and party with 50 friends. They made a "big deal" of your birthday. (You think they did too much for this event.)
This means: As soon as possible. This is pronounced either as A-S-A-P or A-SAP.
We can use it like this.
"Can you send me your monthly fees ASAP?"