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Stress at Work

Chris and Charlie work together for a large tech firm in London. Christopher has only been working in the company for a few weeks. He has started to have some problems with his co-workers, so he talks to his friend Charlie about it...

Chris: I’m not settling in very well here. I really miss my old workplace.

Charlie: Why? What’s the problem?

Chris: Well, some of the guys in my department are really ambitious and they don’t want me to do well.

Charlie: I think you’ve got it wrong, Chris. It takes a long time to settle in. You’ll get used to it soon and you’ll make new friends too.

Chris: I think it will take a long time. I feel really stressed and nervous when I see them.

Charlie: Try to focus on the positive things! You have a good salary. Your office is in the centre of Paris, and you have a really nice manager.

Chris: OK, I’ll try my best to stay positive and hopefully, I’ll feel like I’m part of the team soon.

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Stress at Work


Phrasal verb
Example sentence
To let down someone

To make someone disappointed when you have not fulfilled a promise.

She promised that she would be there but she let me down.

To break down

1.  To become very upset.

2.  When something stops working

1.  She broke down when she opened her results.

2.  The lift broke down.

To bring somebody/something down

1.  To make someone lose their powerful position.

2. To make something end.

1.  He brought his boss down by exposing personal emails.

2.  The rise in export prices could bring the hospitality industry down.

To bottle something up

To refuse to talk about things when someone is worried or upset.

After his father passed away, he bottled his emotions up and wouldn’t talk to anyone.

To get something across

To make someone believe or understand something

He tried to get his point across but his manager wouldn’t listen.

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