The ball’s in your court when you have received all the help and information you need, and you now have to make a decision or take something forward. It suggests that you should take responsibility of the situation. I’ve given you all the documents and the list of contacts – now the ball’s in your […]
To get a foot in the door is to accept a low-level job or role (or make a contact) that potentially could create bigger opportunities for you in a few years. The salary for the new job is very low, but it’s a foot in the door.
To pencil something in is to arrange an appointment or meeting when you know the date or time could be changed. Let’s pencil in a meeting for next Wednesday morning – we can confirm it tomorrow.
Your hands are tied when you are prevented or stopped from doing or offering something because of a rule, a circumstance or another person. I’m afraid I can’t offer an alternative to you – my hands are tied.
When you need everyone’s help to finish something in a short amount of time, it’s all hands on deck. We only have a half an hour to get the room ready for the event, so it’s all hands on deck!