Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
1) free from difficulties or financially solvent
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To be 'afloat' in a literal sense means to be floating on water. Figuratively, it means to avoid being consumed by a difficult situation, particularly a financial or work-related one. If you have, at least for the time being, enough money to operate as normal and pay your debts, then you can be said to be 'afloat.' It is used in social and professional context, but is more common in the latter. A similar expression is 'keep your head above water.'
Social Examples (Basic)
I'm struggling to find work at the moment. All that's keeping me afloat is the loan I got from my father.
Professional Examples (Basic)
In the current economic climate, many small businesses are struggling to stay afloat.
The company is in a perilous financial position, and has beenforced to sell major assets just to keep afloat.
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