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  1. #1
    minhua Guest

    thank you for your help

    I don't know the idioms in the following sentences. Could someone tell me their meanings, esp the meanings in the quoted context? Thanks.

    1、Understand and document those expectations, and you’re off to a good start.
    What does "you’re off to a good start" mean here?
    2、After we’re up and running, we could go over the telephony portions step by step.
    What does "up and running" and "go over" mean in this sentence?
    3、 If push comes to shove during the project Planning process, time might have to give because quality cannot.
    What does "push comes to shove" mean here?
    4、You’ve probably heard the old saying about the word assume, something about what it makes out of “u” and “me.”
    What does "something about what it makes out of “u” and “me”".

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    You're off to a good start = you have started well
    up and running = fully functional
    go over = check
    if push comes to shiove = circustances may force changes
    assume = it makes an 'ass' (idiot) out of you and me.

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    minhua Guest
    'assume = it makes an 'ass' (idiot) out of you and me. "

    Am I right in thinking that the sentence above mean that "either you or I am an idiot"?

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    It could be 'you or me' or 'you and me' without more context, I think.

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