Jonathan: I love my job, but my boss and I have been at odds since the beginning of the month when I took a week off to be at the hospital with my sick mother. He didn’t want to give me the time off, but I would never let anything come between my mother and me, not even my job.
Marissa: I would have done the same thing. My bottom line has always been that family comes first. How is your mother?
Jonathan: She’s fine now. The doctor gave her a clean bill of health, but she’s not off the hook yet. She still needs to get her strength back.
Marissa: I’m so glad to hear that. Now you have to bury the hatchet with your boss. You don’t want him to give you the boot.
Jonathan: No I don’t. I thought I had patched things up with him, but I think he’s still angry with me.
Marissa: You have a way with words. I think you should bite the bullet and talk to him again, no ifs, ands or buts.
Jonathan: You’re right. I don’t want there to be any bad blood between us. I’ll try to make it right.
• at odds in disagreement about something
• come between cause trouble between two people
• bottom line most important thing
• a clean bill of health an assurance of good health
• off the hook no longer having a problem
• bury the hatchet no longer be angry with someone
• give (someone) the boot fire (someone) from a job
• patch things up improve a relationship by doing something nice
• a way with words an ability to use words to achieve a goal
• bite the bullet do a difficult and unpleasant task
• no ifs, ands or buts no excuses
• bad blood very unfriendly relationship
Give (someone) the boot is the opposite of get the boot, which means “get fired.”
© 2013 Ambien Malecot