Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) defeat, stop, or counter something/someone
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    • if we don't succeed then it will be checkmate
  • Analysis

    In the game of chess, checkmate means that your King piece on the board is in threat of being captured and there is no way to avoid the threat. When you are in checkmate the opponent is the winner of the game. Checkmate is used to describe a position where a person is trapped or powerless and someone else is in control or has power.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. I told Jane my side of the story before Peter had the chance to undermine me, thus checkmating his deceitful plan. 
    2. I really don't see any options or way out of this situation I feel like I'm in checkmate.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. If we don't find a way to get the sellers back on side then it will be checkmate. The deal will be off.
    2. Jack is a very clever businessman. To get the contract I tried to undermine his position but he checkmated that strategy.
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