Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

get down to (work/business)

get down to workget down to business
Meaning(s)
1) begin to work, start getting serious about things
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • let's get down to work/business
  • Analysis
    'Get down to work' means to begin or get started on something. "We have a big project ahead of us, let's get to work!" 'Get down to business' means to begin to get serious or begin to discuss the matter at hand. You might use this after small talk at an important meeting to signal that you want to talk about something serious. Both of these expressions care used in social and professional situations.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. If everybody is ready, let's get down to work.

    2. I didn't get much done this morning, but now it's time to get down to work.

    3. Okay, everyone. Let's get this meeting started. If you can all take your seats, we can get down to business.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I have a lot to do this evening. I have to get down to work soon if I want to get finished.
    2. Let's get down to business, what kind of laptop are you looking for? What will you be using it for?
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