Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

tick all the boxes

tick all the boxes
Meaning(s)
1) to fulfil all of the requirements expected or to complete a number of tasks one by one
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • Her skillset ticks all the boxes
  • Analysis
    To 'tick all the boxes' means that something or someone fulfils all of the requirements, or that all of the tasks that need to be completed have been finished. If someone has all of the right attributes for something you can also say 'they tick all the boxes'. It is a popular expression used in a variety of contexts, both social or professional. You might see this written as 'tick all the right boxes'. 
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Our new house ticks all the boxes for us. It has lots of space and it's close to school for the children.
    2. I want this party to be perfect. I have to make sure I tick all the boxes and do everything perfectly.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We have to make sure that the contract ticks all the boxes for us. There isn't much room for negotiation.
    2. We were very happy with your performance in your interview last week. You tick all the boxes for us, and we'd like to offer you the job.
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