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Why You Should Never Take Down Your Boss and Always Take On Whatever He Throws Your Way

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Feb 17


By Priyadarshini Mahendran

Look at these phrases:

take down, take off, take on, take over, and take in

How do these phrases differ in meaning? And, how can you use them in the business world? Let’s read find out…

Take down -  This means to make note of something or to write down information that is being said.


  1. Listen carefully to what Rajesh is saying and take down what’s important.
  2. Take down every word she says!

Also, considering lives we lead on the internet – both professional and personal – in this context take down would mean to take down a post or content from a social media platform.


  1. The manager asked me to take down his photographs from my Facebook album.
  2. The company threated to sue Raj if we didn’t take down the incriminating tweet from his account.

Take off – While this phrase can also mean a plane departure or removing one’s clothing, in the business context it often means to get started, to make progress or to stop working temporarily.


  1. Business has really taken off this year despite demonetization.
  2. You should take some time off from work and relax.

Take on – is used when someone assumes responsibility, accepts a challenge or  employs people.


  1. Do you think you can take on the role of the Creative Manager along with your current responsibilities?
  2. I’ll take on this assignment and prove to Santosh that I am capable of doing more.
  3. The finance department is going to take on three more employees from July.

Take over – It means to take control of a company, to replace someone at their job or to free someone from their obligations.


  1. Did you know that Future Retail has taken over Heritage Foods?
  2. Vivek takes over as CEO in June after Rajan retires next year.
  3. Pradha needs to go home immediately. Pratap, could you take over what she was overseeing today?

Take in – Surprisingly, this phrase has two contrasting meanings – to be deceived, or to hear and correctly understand information being shared.


  1. Don’t get taken in by what Arun said. He can sweet talk anyone into believing anything.
  2. Kalai took in whatever her boss said, like a sponge, and was able to implement it exactly as asked.

If you want to take off, career-wise, take down and take in all the information you consider important today. Also, be ready to take on any challenge that comes your way, so that you can take over the job of your dreams when the opportunity presents itself.

Priyadarshini is a CELTA Cambridge graduate and a passionate English language trainer. She enjoys reading, writing and listening to music. 

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