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Listen to the conversation in the video and read along with the script. Review the definitions of each idiom below. Studying idioms will help you understand other people. Using a few idioms in your own speech will increase your fluency. Choose idioms that fit your personality.

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A: Hi. Thanks for meeting today. We need to get our ducks in a row concerning the next software project.

B: No problem. Thanks for taking a rain check.  I wanted to talk yesterday, but I was cutting it close on a project deadline.

A: So at this point, our next project isn't set in stone. Of course, the objective is always to make a bundle, if possible.

B: Actually, I think our team needs a crash course in prioritizing. For the record, I think two of our people aren't pulling their weight.

A: You think we need to hand out a few pink slips before the next project starts?

B: Well, it's never a fun process, but I've tried to give these guys a reality check more than once. We don't want our team to come under fire for not being able to deliver.

A: All right. Looks like we will start with our personnel issue.

make a bundle: make a lot of money

need a crash course: need to learn very quicky, often to meet a deadline (also take a crash course)

not set in stone: not finalized, able to be changed

cutting it close: doing something risky or last minute (as if you were cutting vegetables and the knife is too close to your finger)

get a reality check: realize how something really is (as opposed to how you might imagine it)

take a rain check: accept changing a meeting to another day

give a rain check: change a meeting to another day; often, the new day will be chosen later (i.e., "can I give you a raincheck?")
for the record: a very neutral way of stating an opinion (personal emotion/intent to act are not being expressed)

pulling (his/her/your/their) weight: doing a fair part of something, providing an equal share of effort.

(to have/to get) ducks in a row: having/getting things in order (from the fly-formation of ducks)

come under fire: getting public criticism (getting shot at with criticism)

get a pink slip: get laid off (originates from use of carbon copies)

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