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10 Business English Expressions to Speak about Preparation: gear up for, be poised for, map out, etc.

Updated: Jul 9

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10 Business English Expressions to Speak about Preparation: gear up for, be poised for, map out, etc.

In this article, we explore 10 Business English expressions that professionals use to speak about preparation.


For each Business English expression, choose the correct definition from the box. Scroll to the bottom of the page to check the answers and download the worksheet.


1.GEAR UP FOR something

A. To slow down before starting something

B. To prepare for something, especially by gathering resources or mentally getting ready

  • We need to gear up for the big presentation next week.

  • The city is gearing up for the annual marathon this weekend.

  • The team is gearing up for the annual company retreat.


2. BE POISED FOR something/ TO do something

A. To be unprepared for something

B. To be ready or prepared for something that is expected to happen soon

  • The company is poised for significant growth this year.

  • We're poised for a successful product launch.

  • Google is poised to unveil its new line of smart devices at the upcoming tech conference.


3. MAP OUT

A. To plan or arrange something in detail

B. To buy a map

  • We should map out the budget before we make any major purchases.

  • He mapped out his career path to stay focused on his goals.

  • Let's map out our marketing plan to hit our targets this year.


4. GET READY FOR something

A. To finish something

B. To prepare for something

  • The students are getting ready for the exam next week.

  • Companies are getting ready for the fair.

  • The company is going through restructuring. Get ready for the changes!


5. WORK OUT THE DETAILS

A. To discuss, plan, and finalize the specific points of something

B. To solve a math problem

  • They are working out the details of the new policy.

  • Before we launch the campaign, we must work out the details to ensure everything runs smoothly.

  • They spent hours working out the details for the upcoming event.


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10 Business English Expressions to Speak about Preparation: gear up for, be poised for, map out, etc.

6. COVER ALL THE BASES

A. To consider all possibilities or aspects

B. To be poorly prepared

  • I'm sure we've covered all the bases, but let's double-check everything to be safe.

  • She covered all the bases in her research paper.

  • They covered all the bases before launching their product.


7. LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED

A. To finish preparations quickly without checking all the details

B. To search thoroughly and check every possible option

  • The detective left no stone unturned in the investigation.

  • She left no stone unturned in her job search.

  • They wanted to find the best candidate for the job, so they left no stone unturned.


8. DRAW something UP

A. To prepare a written document, plan, or proposal

B. To prepare a meal

  • The lawyer is drawing up the legal documents for the case.

  • They drew up a new contract for the partnership.

  • Let's draw up a list of tasks for the project.


9. HAVE/ GET YOUR DUCKS IN A ROW

A. To be well-prepared and organized

B. To be poorly prepared

  • Make sure you have all your ducks in a row before the audit.

  • She had all her ducks in a row for the meeting with the investors.

  • I think you should get your ducks in a row before listing the property on the market.


10. IRON OUT THE DETAILS

A. To use an iron to smooth out the creases on paper

B. To solve small problems or make sure everything is organized

  • They spent the afternoon ironing out the details of the new plan.

  • We need to iron out the details before signing the merger agreement.

  • Before we proceed, let's take the time to iron out the details to ensure both parties agree on everything.






 

Answers

1B

2B

3A

4B

5A

6A

7B

8A

9A

10B



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