hand in your notice: meaning and explanation

The idiom to hand in your notice means to officially inform your employers that you are leaving.

In this context, notice means warning – you are giving your employers time to prepare for your departure. This word would be used in employment contracts, which would include the minimum notice (warning) that the employers require an employee to give if they decide they want to leave. After you have handed in your notice, you would usually work your notice period and then leave.

Have a go at these micro-dictation exercises to hear this expression being used in context – how much can you understand?

Listening exercises

Micro-listening #1

Accent: Scotland

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About the sentence

…I’ve come to the decision…

to come to a decision/to come to the decision to do something = to make a decision, especially after a period of consideration or thinking. e.g. You’ve had a 20 minutes – have you come to a decision about what to order for supper yet?

…it’s time to move on…

The phrasal verb to move on means to move to a new stage or period in your life or career. e.g. Tom broke up with Tina 6 months ago and he still hasn’t moved on.

Micro-listening #2

Accent: North America

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After 3 rise, I to at work.

Micro-listening #3

Accent: North America

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About the sentence

…set up her own company

The phrasal verb to set something up means to establish or start a company, institution, organisation, system, software etc. e.g. I tried to set up a climbing club at school but they wouldn’t let me.

Extra practice

Here are some questions/links to help you learn the new vocabulary:

  • Have you ever handed in your notice? Why? Were you nervous?
  • In your country, how would someone normally hand in their notice?
  • Do you know anyone who handed in their notice and then regretted doing it?

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