Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(bring/take) (it) further

bring it furthertake it further
1) advance something to a higher or more serious level
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    • bring/take the matter further
  • Analysis
    When you 'take something further' you escalate an issue or bring a complaint, grievance or action to a higher level. Usually, this phrase is used to talk about bringing problems to a higher power in order to resolve them or to encourage someone to deal with them. It can also be used to talk about doing something at the highest level, such as a sport or an action, you can take your education further for example or bring your 'game' further.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. After the complaint was dropped, the police announced that they would not be taking the matter any further.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We've done all we can with that issue and now that we've reached a point where we can't bring it any further, let's just leave it and move on.
    2. When the manager wouldn't do anything about the problems I raised, I told him that I intended to take things further by involving the board of directors.
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