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Situation 36 Work Rules
Erina shows up for her first day of work and learns the work rules from Mike.

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show up

When you show up, the first thing you do is get an apron.

To show up means to appear. For example, students need to show up to class on time or they will be late. Notice the following:

  1. Bill did not show up for work today.
  2. My little brother always shows up when I don't want him around.

run the line

The head chef runs the line.

A line in a kitchen is where food is prepared for costumers. To run the line, just means to manage the line, or oversee the food preparation. To run something means to manage it. Notice the following:

  1. I used to work on the line in the kitchen.
  2. The cook runs a tight line at that restaurant.

the rush

You are not allowed a break in the middle of the rush.

The rush is the busiest time for something. For a restaurant, the rush is usually between 7 and 9 p.m. when many people want dinner. Notice the following:

  1. I hate rush hour traffic.
  2. It is hard to get a table during the rush.

a bit of a jam

You might leave people in a bit of a jam.

A jam is a difficult spot or difficult situation. A bit of a jam then just means a small or short-term problem. When is something is jammed it is stuck and cannot move, but should be freed shortly, therefor a jam is a temporary problem. Here are a few other examples.

  1. I am in a bit of a jam financially. Can you lend me some money?
  2. She left work without telling me which left me in a bit of a jam because we were really busy.

pick it up

I'm sure you'll pick it up pretty fast.

When you pick something up, that means you learn it quickly. We use the phrase 'to pick something up' usually when talking about learning a skill or language. Notice these examples:

  1. It took awhile to pick up the ordering system.
  2. He picks up languages quickly when he travels.