Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

bring my A-game

bring my A-game
1) perform to the best of your ability
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    • bring your A-game to impress/succeed
  • Analysis
    The expression 'bring your A-game' comes from athletics and sports. This expression is used to encourage an athlete or competitor to arrive in the best condition possible and with a great attitude determined to win. This expression is now used in other contexts for the same reason. "I expect everyone to arrive with their A-game tomorrow morning. We need to win over this client."
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. On the eve of the cup final, the coach spoke to his players and told them that they would need to bring their A-game if the team were to have any chance of winning.
    2. I knew that bringing my A-game to the job interview would be vital if I was to convince my prospective employers that I was the right person for the role, but unfortunately I wasn't on the ball that day and so I didn't get the job.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Alex spoke well at the sales pitch, but Jane really brought her A-game and impressed the potential clients with her passion, knowledge and drive.
    2. I had very high hopes for that applicant so I'm disappointed that they didn't bring their 'A-game' to the interview.
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