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Could you tell me if the following sentences sound OK?
Helen has been called to the office of her boss, Andrea. (some sentences from their dialogue)
Helen: Oh dear! Is there some problem? I do love working here and I have been pulling out all the stops recently (to pull out all the stops is an idiom we are learning) to be promoted to a senior receptionist position.
Andrea: Yes, I'm sure you have, Helen, but sometimes you are rather slow at learning. In a hotel of this reputation, every employee has to pull their weight (to pull one's weight is another idiom my students are currently learning) for us to stay ahead of the pack (ahead of the pack is another idiom).
There are some things you are good at, like welcoming the guests, talking to them and giving them any help they require. Most of them are very picky, always on the make (to be on the make is another idiom), and expect the highest quality service.
As I make up these dialogues myself, I sometimes would like to hear native speakers' opinion about the idioms and collocations I use.
I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Thank you for your time and help.
In the book of idioms I use the idiom 'to be on the make' has the following definition: concerned with making a profit, gaining sth.
If you understand this idiom in the text I posted in a different light, please enlighten me.
I have always tried to get rid of ambiguous words and expressions. The books were written some years ago, and some corrections should be made.
If you are on the make you are interested in getting money or an adventage for yourself.
Thank you for the tips regarding 'to be on the make'. I will definitely remove it from my story just to be on the safe side. For some of my colleagues the information you provided me with was a real eye-opener, which proves a simple truth - live and learn.
And, as a result, a couple of questions again if you do not mind.
These are the lines from my story:
Andrea: And what about you accepting that booking for the penthouse suite at the weekend when we were using it for a conference? It was very careless of you to do that. Our customers might have thought you wanted to PULL A FAST ONE ON THEM and pocket the money.
I do not like TO PULL RANK OVER my employees, but it is time I PULLED THE PLUG ON you. You've got a month to PULL YOUR FINGER OUT and prove to me that you can do the job efficiently.
to pull a fast one on
to pull rank over
to pull the plug on
to pull one's finger out
These are the idioms we teach our students. I am a bit unsure about TO PULL ONE'S FINGER OUT. Is it OK to use it in this dialogue?
Thank you a lot for your invaluable help.
It seems rather rude.
Thank you for such a prompt reply, but do you want to say that this part of the dialogue is rude and I have to redo it, or did you mean the idiom PULL ONE'S FINGER OUT.
Could you clarify, please. I am all needles and pins.
Regarding "to be on the make", in BrE it can be applied to somebody who is seeking financial gain. I hadn't considered the sexual implications mentioned by Gilnetter, which I think are mainly in AmE. I just didn't think it was a very good use of it.
Thank you very much indeed! I guess tomorrow there will be a very heated discussion during a sitting of the Department.