Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
on the table | off the table
on the tableoff the table
1) sth to be considered/discussed
How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
the topic/suggestion/idea on the table
If something is 'on the table' it is being offered or is up for discussion. "Our suggestion is still on the table for the next few days if you change your mind." If something is 'off the table' it is no longer on offer, up for debate or possible to be considered. "Due to the issues we had last year, that event is off the table for this years program ." Both of these expressions are idioms used in social and professional contexts.
Professional Examples (Basic)
We hadlots of ideas on the tableat the beginning, but now we're down to the best two.
That suggestion isn't really going to work for us solet's take it off the tablefor the moment.
My Manager was really open to suggestions. He said thateverything was on the table.
Social Examples (Basic)
If you ever need a babysitter my offer is still on the table.
Political discussions are off the table in our home. They cause too many arguments.
Buying a new car this year is off the table. We can't afford it.
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