Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

pull up your socks

pull up your socks
Meaning(s)
1) make a conscious effort to improve one's work or behaviour
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    • pull up your socks or you will fail
  • Analysis

    The idiom to 'pull up your socks' is used as a warning to give advice to someone to encourage them to make a greater effort or to improve their behaviour or performance. if you tell someone they should 'pull up their socks' it usually means that their performance hasn't been good and you need them to improve or there could be consequences. This is a popular idiom often used in social and professional contexts, however, it is quite an informal expression, so it might be inappropriate to use it in a formal situation.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. If you don't pull up your socks you will fail the year, the teacher told the student with bad grades.
    2. Pull up your socks in the second half or I'm substituting you, the coach said to the football player.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. The industry is very competitive at the moment so we all need to pull up our socks and work hard if we want the company to succeed.
    2. When I was at university I didn't work very hard. I partied all the time. One of my tutors gave me an 'F' on a paper and I realised it was time to pull up my socks.
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