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Make progress by degrees !!!
Frank Hi, Megan, have you finished the talk with John already ? Are you available now ? If so, let me describe your work duties, OK ?
Megan Yeah, we just talked about my future job. And the supervisor hoped that I can make progress by degrees in my work. I am free now. And what am I expected to do ?
Frank As a newcomer, you are going to be responsible for some basic tasks first, including certain routine duties like answering the telephone, typing ... Later, you will be assigned to the sales department. There you can learn much about the workings of our company and its sales quickly.
Megan I see. It must be a challenging job. But it's not a surprise to me. That's to be expected. I can deal with it as well as I can. And what about now ? What should I do ? Er.. if I have some problems, may I speak out directly ?
Frank For this is your first day in our company, you can begin with our products. Before you do your job, it's necessary for you to be familiar with our own products. Then you can get down to your work smoothly. Don't hesitate to tell us if you have a problem.
Megan Quite right ! and thanks for your instruction.
Explanation :

By degrees - Gradually

Example : The economy seems to be improving by degrees.

On the verge of

Fill me in on the task

I am through working overtime

The numbers didn't add up

Give me the rundown

Cut-throat competition

See the work through

It is feasible

This item is sought-after

Sells like hot cakes

Look it up

Got it all planned out

I've lucked out

Speak your minds

On top of that

We spread out the news

He's all tied up

Keep an eye on

Stuck in traffic

Pricing and samples

Time is ticking away

We talked on the phone

I need to think it over

She's driving a hard bargain

Long-standing support

Production lead time

In no time

Expedite the payment

Defective goods

Work wonders

Get in contact with

You're making me blush

Keep you updated

Filled him in

I'll see to it

Grab a bite

The bottom line is quality

They are high-tech items

Our lead time is 14 days

Fit in with

Have a word with you

I am flattered by your praise

Well begun is half done

I am just a workaholic

Give me a hand

You reap what you sow

Keep track of

It's my treat

A tight schedule

Have a second thought

I've made up my mind

Fire away

It's no bother at all

With flying colors


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