Being Pestered on the Phone
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to ring off the hook – for a phone to ring many times in a short period of time, because one is receiving many phone calls * Ever since our ad appeared on TV, our company’s phones have been ringing off the hook!
What’s the deal? – What’s happening? A phrase used when one wants to receive an explanation for something strange or unusual that is happening * Last week, you said you had the best job in the world, but today you want to quit. What’s the deal?
to go out with (someone) – to date someone; to pursue a romantic relationship with someone * How long have you been going out with Magda?
to let (someone) down easy – to end a relationship or reject or disappoint someone gently, while trying not to hurt his or her feelings * When Jack broke up with his girlfriend, he tried to let her down easy, but she screamed and cried anyway.
to take the hint – to understand what someone is trying to say subtly and indirectly; to understand what is meant, even if nothing is said directly and clearly * I thought the salesperson would take the hint and leave me alone if I said I was “just looking,” but he kept trying to pressure me to buy the car.
to screen calls – to accept telephone calls only from certain people, refusing to talk to others * I wish someone could screen calls for us so that we never have to talk to the bill collectors.
to take the direct approach – to be very direct; to say exactly what one means in a very clear way * Eddy decided to take the direct approach when asking his boss for a raise.
to figure – to think that something is true; to believe a certain thing; to have a certain opinion * I figure becoming a doctor is a good career choice, because no matter how bad the economy is, people will always need medical care.