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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.

  • Of course, if you enjoyed this lesson, well,

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  • I make new English lessons, every week.

  • In fact,

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  • So, thanks for watching and I will see you next week.

  • Bye for now!

Hello I'm Emma from mmmEnglish!

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