Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

get with the program

get with the program
Meaning(s)
1) pay attention, conform, or do what you are supposed to do
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • get with the program instead of going your own way
  • Analysis

    The idiom to 'get with the program' is an expression used to encourage someone to be more aware of what is currently happening or to except new approaches and ideas. If you are asked to 'get with the program' it may mean that you need to begin doing something people need from you or to get organised in relation to what is going on. This expression can be used as an informal way of asking someone to pay attention.

  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. I need you to get with the program instead of continuously trying to do things your own way. We need everyone pulling in the same direction!
    2. What do you mean you don't know? An email was sent last week to everyone in the office with the new guidelines attached. Get with the program!
    3. That method of advertising is so old-fashioned. We need to get with the program if we want to stay relevant in the industry.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. John, you need to get with the program. This is the third time this week you have forgotten your book.
    2. We decided to change the direction of the project last week. We sent you an email about it. You need to get with the program you're falling behind.
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