Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) to undermine or negatively interfere with sth
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    • sabotage the operation/work/project
  • Analysis
    To 'sabotage' something is to intentionally destroy, damage or obstruct something, especially for political or military reasons. To ruin something intentionally is to 'sabotage' something. You can sabotage a project, a plot or sabotage a plan, for example. 'A sabotage' as a noun is an act of sabotaging something. This is a formal expression used more in professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. Fiona sabotaged her chances of passing her driving test by not preparing enough.
    2. Some people will try to sabotage your chances of success by tempting you not to put in the work, but you need to stay focused and ignore them.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Our competitors sent someone to sabotage the project. He destroyed everything!
    2. I have noticed that I self-sabotage by selling myself short to clients and in interviews.
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