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  • Hello everyone and welcome to E-com Business Idiom 50,

  • where we'll go over 50 common idioms used in the business place.

  • All of the explanations are in English, but don't worry, listen carefully

  • and try to imagine what the idioms might mean.

  • It may take a while, but hang in there and try hard.

  • Is everyone ready? Let's begin.

  • Today's idiom is: burn one's bridges.

  • Burn one's bridges.

  • Alright, so let's imagine you're standing here and there's a bridge connecting you to your old company, okay?

  • But, you quit the company and you burned the bridge, so there is no connection, no chance to go back.

  • You burned your bridges.

  • Alright, let's imagine this burning bridge and listen to some examples.

  • I know I burned some bridges by quitting without giving notice, but I just could not work there another day.

  • Yeah, they'll definitely never hire you back, but it's not like you want to work there again anyway.

  • No way, they had no respect for their employees and the pay was horrible.

  • Wow, I can't believe you lasted there for as long as you did.

  • Okay, so he quit the job all of a sudden, no notice, means he burned his bridges.

  • He can't go back.

  • Alright, let's listen to another example.

  • In the middle of the interview I realized I was not really interested in the job they had to offer.

  • So what did you do?

  • Well, I didn't want to burn any bridges, so I told her politely I was not interested in that particular job,

  • but I would love to be contacted about future opportunities at the firm.

  • You handled that very well, I'm sure the recruiter will contact you again.

  • Alright, so he wasn't interested in the job, but he was very polite to say it.

  • He didn't burn his bridges.

  • Okay, so to 'burn your bridges' means to kind of eliminate any possible future relationship.

  • Maybe you had a friend or a co-worker that you cut the relationship in a very bad way,

  • so you have no chance to have a good relationship in the future.

  • Alright, so be careful!

  • I hope you don't burn any bridges with any English teachers or anything like that

  • and I'll see you next time!

Hello everyone and welcome to E-com Business Idiom 50,

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