Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(just) coast(ing) (along/through)

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Meaning(s)
1) progress or succeed with little effort or difficulty
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • coast through life/exams
  • Analysis

    If you are 'coasting along' you are moving through or advancing in some way without much in the way of a goal or without making an effort. If you are 'coasting along' in work, for example, you are simply showing up and doing the minimum required. Similar meaning phrases include 'making no effort' and 'going through the motions'.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The team coasted to an easy victory over their rivals, winning the match 4-0.
    2. Jack seems to think that he can just coast through life without ever having to apply himself to anything. He will not go far with that attitude.
    3. The road we were driving on was mostly straight and flat so we just coasted along.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Sophie has been coasting through her internship so far. It's only a matter of time before she's offered a permanent position.
    2. We have put a number of measures in place to ensure we can coast along this quiet retail period without sustaining a loss.
    3. Many family businesses coast along for years without innovating their products and services for their changing consumers.
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