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a vote of confidence

Meaning: A vote of confidence is something that shows you're happy with the quality of something or pleased with someone or their work.

For example:

  • The manager's selection of the same players for this week's game was seen as a vote of confidence in them.

  • If your boss has given you the job of organising a seminar for the first time, take it as a vote of confidence in your organisational skills.

Note: This phrase also has the literal meaning of a formal vote by members of parliament to find out how many of them have confidence in a government minister.

Quick Quiz:

Stanley saw it as a vote of confidence in his abilities when the manager asked him to
  1. think about getting another job
  2. manage the new office in Beijing
  3. bring him a glass of water

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