1 – Get Ahead – to be successful
To get ahead means to be successful in your career or life; to make more progress than others:
You need to make lots of connections in order to get ahead in this industry.
2 – (Not) Measure Up – (not) satisfactory
If something doesn’t measure up; it means it is not satisfactory; it doesn’t compare well with the standards.
This designer’s work just doesn’t measure up to the quality we’ve come to expect.
3 – Zero In On – focus closely
To zero in on something means to focus closely on it.
We’ve tried a lot of strategies, but we need to zero in on what’s actually working.
4 – Pencil In – unconfirmed appointment
To pencil in an appointment means to set the appointment, but not confirm it as final.
Let’s pencil in a lunch meeting next Wednesday – but I’ll call you later to confirm it.
5 – Sign Off On – give official approval
To sign off on something means to give official approval for it.
The manager signed off on the revised budget for 2015