Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(let's) press on

let's press onpress on
Meaning(s)
1) continue doing something
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    • let's press on with the meeting
  • Analysis
    To 'press on' with something usually applies to continuing work or in completing a task in a determined way despite a challenge or a setback. Usually, this is something said to encourage someone else to continue with things. It can also be used in a meeting context in order to mean 'let's carry on' or 'let's move on'. This is a casual expression but you can hear it used in social and professional contexts. 
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. As I was walking to the shops, it suddenly started to rain heavily and I quickly got soaked. Rather than turn back home, I just pressed on regardless.
    2. I need to press on with this assignment to finish it on time.
    3. Is that the time! I'm afraid I need to press on. I'd better leave.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. Despite widespread criticism, the government is pressing on with its public sector cutbacks.
    2. We can't continue to press on with this decision. It is clearly not working in the way we expected.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Now that we have the introductions out of the way, let's press on with the meeting, shall we?
    2. I know it is getting late, but let's press on with the proposal and finish it tonight. That way we can present it to the committee first thing tomorrow and really get the ball rolling on this.
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