Ten metaphors with body parts
Hi again and welcome to The Art of Business English. This week we are going to be looking at some metaphors that contain body parts.
The use of metaphors in English is very common, so what is a metaphor?
According to the Cambridge dictionary, a metaphor is an expression in English that describes a person or an object which possesses similar characteristics to the thing we are trying to describe.
For example, "He has a heart of stone." is a metaphor used to describe someone who has no feelings or empathy towards others.
So, now that you are clear on what a metaphor is I am going to show you some very useful ones that you can use in business to describe certain situations.
As always, I will give you the expression and then the meaning, as well as an example sentence to help you understand the context.
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Face (up to) the facts
Meaning: Accept a difficult situation.
Example: “Jim has to face up to the fact that his company went bankrupt.”
Shoulder the blame
Meaning: Take responsibility for something bad.
Example: “Teachers cannot be expected to shoulder all the blame for poor exam results.”
Foot the bill
Meaning: Pay for something.
Example: “It's a business lunch, so the company is footing the bill.”
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Head a team
Meaning: Lead a project group.
Example: “Marie is heading the sales team.”
Keep someone on their toes
Meaning: Make someone stay active and focused.
Example: “The visit of the CEO kept everyone on their toes.”
Have an eye for
Meaning: To be good at noticing.
Example: “Salespeople need to have a good eye for detail.”
Go hand in hand with
Meaning: If something goes hand in hand with something else, it happens at the same time as it or as a result of it.
Example: “Educational deprivation and poverty go hand in hand.”
Rule of thumb
Meaning: A practical and approximate way of doing or measuring something.
Example: “As a rule of thumb, I never start new projects on Fridays.”
Meaning: A quick reaction that does not allow you time to consider something carefully.
Example: “He said no immediately without considering our proposal. It was a typical knee jerk reaction.”
Meaning: If you give someone a tongue-lashing, you speak angrily to that person about something that they have done wrong.
Example: “Yesterday, Mark gave Jesse a tongue-lashing for not finishing the reports on time.”
I hope you found those metaphors using body parts useful. If you know any other interesting metaphors which use body parts, why don't you share them in the comments section below.
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