I've been working with UK clientele for several years (I'm American), and I always fumble whenever somebody ends a call with "Cheers". What do I say then? Same deal with British coworkers who sometimes will say "Cheers" when I hold the door for them. My American reflex is to say "Cheers" back, but it always sounds/feels super awkward. What do I do in response to "Cheers"?
Cheers in the examples you make means:
- (UK informal) used to mean "thank you":
- "I've bought you a drink." "Cheers, mate."
So you can reply "no problem", "you are welcome", etc.
Note that Cheers can also meam:
- (UK informal) used to mean "goodbye":
- "Bye." "Cheers, see you next week."
in this case you can also answer "cheers".
There is no reply necessary.
Cheers, used in this way is simply a synonym of Thank You.
In Britain, one is not expected to reply to thanks. The frequent American response of "You're welcome" is considered a strange foreign habit.
If you wish to say anything, the common replies would be "OK", "That's all right", or use the Australian response "No worries".