Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(get/bring/push) it (over/across) the line

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Meaning(s)
1) advance something to a successful conclusion
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional LowSocial
    • get/bring/push the deal over/across the line
  • Analysis
    This expression refers to achieving a goal or completing a task successfully. It references the way a competitor must cross the finish line in order to complete a race. For that reason, the term often implies great effort and difficulty, and something that was perhaps achieved by a narrow margin. It is much more common in a professional context rather than a social one, and is often used to express completing a deal or meeting a deadline. A phrase with a similar meaning is 'seal the deal.'
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The deadline is approaching rapidly, so we need to focus all our efforts on getting this deal over the line!
    2. As soon as we have the necessary funding in place, we'll be able to push the project across the line. In the meantime, we'll have to keep it on the back burner.
    3. The negotiations were at an advanced stage before they hit a stumbling block. As the company's go-to person when it comes to mediation, Kate was tasked with bringing the deal over the line.
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