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Up in the Air
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Publish-date-icon October 4, 2007
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Welcome back to Phil's English Podcast. For anybody who cares, I am sitting in the airport in Nashville, Tennessee waiting for my flight to Chicago where I will connect to my flight to Beijing, China.

I've been very busy at work this week so I have not been as regular with posting English lessons as I'd like to be. Hopefully I will have more time this coming week.

Today's idiom is "up in the air." This is an idiom which means that we don't know the final outcome but it might not turn out the way we would like. Something has happened which makes it impossible to predict what will happen next. For example, suppose you are a software salesman and you have made several calls on a potential customer and believe your prospect has convinced his boos the purchase is a good idea. The prospect is about to submit a purchase order to his boss for approval. Then the prospect's boss leaves the company suddenly. The software salesman might then say that his sales opportunity is "up in the air". The purchase may be delayed until a new manager is selected or the new manager might reject to purchase.

Copyright 2007 by Philip Hartman - All Right Reserved

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