Definition of Tread Water

This term refers to doing the minimum amount of work to not get fired.

Example: He is treading water.


Usage of "Tread Water" by Country

Business English is used in many different countries around the world. Some of the words and phrases listed on this site will be understood everywhere Business English is used, but some words and phrases are only used in specific countries. The map below shows where "Tread Water" is most commonly used.

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"Tread Water" is in the top 30% most popular words looked up on this site.

"Tread Water" is used in the workplace during meetings or emails.

The definition for "Tread Water" was last updated in 2021.

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Question: What does "Calendar Invite" mean?

   (A) When a person wants to meet with you next week.
   (B) An email sent to schedule a meeting with the option to either accept or decline the meeting at the scheduled time.
   (C) When a person has available time on their calendar to meet with you.
   (D) When a person does not have any time to meet with you.

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On this site, we also have templates on how to communicate effectively at work, such as requesting PTO, declining a promotion, and taking a sick day.

Word of the Day

Date: 10/24/2021

Word: Close It Out

Definition: To mark something as completed.

Example: This task has been fixed, so let's close it out within the task tracker.

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"Tread Water." Jargonism.com Dictionary, https://jargonism.com/words/504. Accessed 10/24/2021.