At the office:
Tom: Carol, has Bob come in to work yet?
Carol: Not as of yet . Would you like me to call him?
Tom: Yes, please. Do you know his phone number?
Carol: Yes, I keep all of the sales representatives' contact numbers at my fingertips here on my desk. There are just too many to learn by heart!
Tom: See if he is at home. I think we mixed up the vacation schedule. Both Bob and Sam asked to take time off the same week. Sam was given the vacation, but Bob wasn't. But I don't know if Bob was told the right information.
Carol: I'll call him as soon as I get a chance.
Tom: Thanks, Carol. Let me know if you get a hold of him.
Idioms in Context
My boyfriend took time off from work one Friday to move to a new apartment. It was a lot of hard work.
When I got home later that evening, I was exhausted. I wanted to give my boyfriend a call and cancel our plans for the next day.
My boyfriend also got a brand-new phone number for his new apartment, but as of yet I had not learned it by heart. I usually keep all the phone numbers I need at my fingertips in my day planner. Unfortunately, I had not written his number down. The only way I could think of to get a hold of my boyfriend was to call the operator and ask for Mike William's phone number.
I called the number that the operator gave me, but I was taken by surprise when a woman answered the phone. "Hello," she said.
I asked, "Can I speak to Mike?"
The woman said, "He is taking a shower right now."
I was shocked. At first, I didn't say anything.
Is there anything that...? she started to ask, but I cut in.
Tell him to call his girlfriend when he gets out of the shower. I hung up the phone quickly without waiting for the woman's answer. I was a bit upset. However, I tried not to dwell on the fact that a woman was in my boyfriend's apartment while he was in the shower. I knew Mike made friends with the neighbors when he moved in, so I assumed the woman was his neighbor. She was probably just helping him clean the place up.
An hour passed and Mike had not called me back. I called again, and a man answered the phone. "Hello," he said. The voice was strange.
All of a sudden I realized that it was the wrong number. The operator had mixed up my boyfriend's number with another man named Mike Williams. I said, "You're not Mike!"
The man said, "And you're not my girlfriend. I've been trying to explain that to my wife for over an hour."