English Tips!

#hack into

To hack into something is to get into someone else’s computer system or online account secretly, and often illegally, in order to look at their information or do something illegal.
Examples of use:
a) Someone tried to hack into my father’s computer yesterday.
b) The office computer was hacked into and all their files have been deleted.
c) A person who hacks into other people’s computers is called a hacker.
d) News headline: ‘Foreign spies’ hack into Australian PM’s computer.
e) They hacked into the Playstation Network and stole customers’ personal data.

#get ahead

To get ahead is to be successful in your work or your life.
Examples of use:
a) I want to get ahead in my job so I work very long hours.
b) If you want to get ahead in life you must work hard and never give up.
c) She got ahead in her career by going to university and then working abroad for a year.

#falls through

If a business deal or an arrangement falls through it does not happen.
Examples of use:
a) The sale of the company fell through.
b) Plans to build a new superstore in the town have fallen through.
c) The funding for our new office building has fallen through.
d) I hope the deal doesn’t fall through.
e) News headline: BP’s oil deal with Rosneft falls through.

#draw up

To draw up something (or draw something up) is to prepare a document or plan.
Examples of use:
a) I’ve drawn up an employment contract for you to sign.
b) The architect has drawn up plans for our new building.
c) News headline: Government urged to draw up poverty plan.
d) We must draw up a financial plan for the business for 2012.

#copy in

To copy in somebody (or copy somebody in), is to send someone a copy of an email you are sending to someone else.
Examples of use:
a) Can you copy me in on your staff emails, please?
b) Would you like me to copy you in on all my official correspondence?
c) I’ll send a copy of the meeting notes to Mr Schweizer, and copy you in.
d) Have you been copied in on the office memos?