6. Labor-saving Device
Wu says, “Take automation and labor-saving devices for example.”
Labor-saving devices reduce the amount of physical labor a person has to do.
‘Washing machines are a key labor-saving device in history. Sewing machines too.’
7. Sit Around
McMillan says, “Sitting around all day in an office cubicle and only getting up to get a sugary drink or snack does help either.”
Sit around – just sit, not move around, not perform any physical activity. This often has a negative connotation.
If I said for example, ‘He just sits around reading all day.’ Now reading is not bad, but maybe I’m implying that he needs to get some exercise, or he has other things to do.
Likewise, ‘She just sat around, watching TV and didn’t clean the house at all.’
8. Office Cubicle
These are enclosed desk spaces. Every person has their own little box-like area, surrounded by walls.
‘I used to have a cubicle at a past company. You know, I put up pictures of my friends and family on the walls.’
9. Not Help
Has a bad influence on some situation, a harmful effect.
Things like, ‘I’m nervous about this presentation and his constant criticism doesn’t help.’ Or ’I’m trying to concentrate and that music isn’t helping.’
参照した辞書はCollins Free Online Dictionaryです。