Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

in the groove

in the groove
Meaning(s)
1) attuned to the requirements of something, performing smoothly and efficiently
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    • I struggled at first, but once I got in the groove it was easy
  • Analysis

    To be 'in the groove' means to perform well, be up to date or enjoy yourself. You can 'get into a groove' with work, meaning to perform to a high standard. To 'get in the groove' is something someone might say in reference to enjoying music or dancing. This is a very colloquial term used mostly in informal contexts.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The coach of the team had been worried about his star player's lack of form since returning from an injury, but he proved he was back in the groove by scoring twice in their last game.
    2. I'm getting into a groove with writing. I have a good routine and get a bit done every day.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The project team are really in the groove at the moment. They are focused and producing high quality work.
    2. At first, Amy struggled with the task she'd been assigned, but once she got into the groove, she flew through the work!
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