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  1. It would be better to have more of a base before you quit your job.
  2. Many companies are because of the bad economy.
  3. At a job like this, you will be a cog in , but nobody will bother you if you do your job.
  4. If you want a government job, you will really have to toe .
  5. There are of books you can borrow over there.
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632 Big vs. Small Company
Tom and Martin debate working for a big or small company .

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loads of

I've been doing loads of job interviews since I'm graduating soon.

'Loads of' something just means 'a lot' of it. Notice the following:

  1. I have loads of new music on my computer.
  2. There are loads of different things to do in this city.

financial base

If a company is bigger, it's got a bigger financial base and is more secure.

The 'financial base' of a company is the amount of money that it has to work with. The more money a company has, the less of a chance that it will have financial problems. Notice the following:

  1. If you plan on starting your own business, you will need more of a financial base.
  2. They have a very large financial base, because they have been so successful for so many years.


A big company is not likely to fold in a couple of months.

When a company 'folds,' it has failed financially and is forced to close. Notice the following:

  1. After three years of an economic recession, the company was forced to close.
  2. Everyone was shocked that a big corporation like that folded.

toe the line

A big company with a high profile will toe the line on looking after their employees.

If you 'toe the line,' it means that you follow the rules. Notice the following:

  1. He has always toed the line and been a very good student.
  2. If you want to keep your job here, you are going to have to toe the line.

cog in a wheel

In a small company, you're going to be treated like a person, not just a cog in a wheel.

Here 'cog in a wheel' is an idiom that is used to refer to something that is the same and just as useful as all the the others. If you are a 'cog in a wheel,' you are not that important and can be easily replaced. Notice the following:

  1. He said he wants a new job, because he feels like a cog in a wheel here.
  2. Most entry-level jobs will make you feel like a cog in a wheel.