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  • 15 Business Idioms Commonly used in the Corporate World

    There are many business idioms which are used in the corporate world.  It is very important to learn these idioms, what they mean and how they are used in the business world.  They are all part of the daily business life whether it is discussing a new venture with a business partner or discussing a new project with your boss.  Learning these expressions will give confidence both for going for job interviews and being able to communicate with co-workers.  Try learning a couple of new business idioms every week.  Write them down including their meanings in a notebook and practice regularly. 

    Here are 15 business idioms commonly used in the corporate world.

     

    Get down to business:             

     

    Example:           We are here to talk about advertising campaign.  Let’s get down to business

     

    Meaning:          Let’s start talking about our plans for the advertising campaign

     

     

    To bring to the table

     

    Example:           The new member of the team brings (many new skills) to the table

     

    Meaning:          The new member of the team brings many new skills into the department

     

     

    Get off the ground

     

    Example:           He got the advertising campaign off the ground

     

    Meaning:          After much discussion and planning, he started preparing and producing the advertising campaign

     

     

    By the book

     

    Example:           They had to prepare the audit by the book

     

    Meaning:          They had to prepare the audit totally correctly

     

     

    Learn the ropes

     

    Example:           The new member of the team has to learn the ropes of his new job

     

    Meaning:          The new member of the team has to learn exactly what his or her new job involves

     

     

     

    The eleventh hour

     

    Example:           The project was completed at the eleventh hour

     

    Meaning:          The project was only just completed before it had to be shown to clients

     

     

    Cut corners

     

    Example:           The team cut corners in order to reduce costs of the project

     

    Meaning:          The team needed to reduce the expenditure on the project by eliminating certain costs

     

     

    Big picture

     

    Example:           We need to look at the bigger picture to win the contract

     

    Meaning:          We need to look at every single detail to ensure we win the contract

     

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    Fifty fifty

     

    Example:           The firms shared the fee fifty fifty

     

    Meaning:          Two firms divided the fee equally as they both had worked on the deal

     

     

    Back to square one

     

    Example:           We have to go back to square one to prepare the spreadsheet

     

    Meaning:          We have to start at the beginning to prepare the spreadsheet again

     

     

    See eye to eye

     

    Example:           We need to see eye to eye with our new client

     

    Meaning:          We need to be in total agreement with our new client

     

     

    Red tape

     

    Example:           We need to do much reading as the new laws will produce much red tape

     

    Meaning:          We need to do much reading as the new laws are very complicated

     

     

    Go down the drain

     

    Example:           All our hard work regarding the sales campaign has gone down the drain so we have to start again

                                                                                     

    Meaning:          All our hard work on the sales campaign was wasted so we have to start again                   

     

     

    On the same page

     

    Example:           We need to be on the same page when we meet the Managing Director

     

    Meaning:          We all need to be in agreement of what we want to say when we meet the Managing Director

                                 

     

    Think outside the box

     

    Example:           We need to think outside the box if we want to win the contract

     

    Meaning:          We need to think of some different ideas if we want to win the contract

     

     

    There are many more (including to hold the fort which means to cover someone else’s job whilst they are away) which once learnt will be very useful in working in the business world. There are many business idioms that are used both in British English and American English.  By practicing speaking them out loud, this will help build confidence and also being able to say them clearly and fluently.   Have fun learning these business idioms!

     

     

     

    February 6, 2018
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