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  • 15 Business Idioms Commonly used in the American Workplace

    Business idioms or Business Jargon is a critical component of workplace communications in the US. If you an English learner or an International student just starting work in the US, you will probably be confused on many of these expressions.  Business idioms are challenging because they depend heavily on culture, history, sports such as baseball and football etc so if you are new to America, you will not find it easy to understand some of these idioms.

    At Spoken English Practice, we encourage students to expand their knowledge of Business idioms through practice and application, not memorization. We want students to practice real Conversational English with Native English speakers. This is the ONLY method they learn remember things like Business Idioms in the long term.

     15 Business Idioms Commonly used in the American Workplace

    Talk shop

    How it is used:

    Ann and Chris were talking shop, even in the middle of the wedding ceremony.

    What it means:

    Talk shop means talk business

     

    Rocket science

    How it is used:

    Building an iPhone app isn’t exactly rocket science these days

    It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out why our sales have gone down

    What it means:

    Rocket science refers to something that is very complicated to understand.

     

    The ball is on your court

    How it is used:

    We have finished testing and everything is working. The ball is in your court now!

    What it means:

    You have to do something now or it is your decision now.

     

    The floor is all yours

    How it is used:

    “The floor is all yours” Mark said finishing his last slide. It was time for John to present his slides.

    What it means:

    You are now the speaker

     

    Get the ball rolling

    How it is used:

    My boss wants me to get the ball rolling on the new press release.

    What it means:

    To get started

     

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    Up to speed

    How it is used:

    Are you up to speed with a new FDA regulations?

    Can you please bring to up to speed on the project?

    What it means:

    familiar with the latest updates/information

     

    On the back burner

    How it is used:

    We had to put that project on the back burner due to the lack of resources

     

    What it means:

    To give low priority/importance to something

     

    Back to the drawing board

    How it is used:

    The prototype did not work as expected, so we had to go back to the drawing board

    What it means:

    To go back to the start/come up with a new idea

    Learn the ropes

    How it is used:

    It should not take you long to learn the ropes

    What it means:

    To learn something new

    To be on the same wave length

    How it is used:

    Great! We are exactly on the same wave length.

    What it means:

    To be thinking the same thing

     

    Throw him under the bus

    How it is used:

    Susan felt as if she was getting thrown under the bus for the mistake her boss made

    What it means:

    To sacrifice another person for your own safety

    Long haul

    How it is used:

    Getting the project approved is likely to be a long haul

    What it means:

    Difficult task that takes a long time

     

    Burn the mid night oil

    How it is used:

    Gary felt he was burning mid night oil on a project that was never going to happen

    What it means:

    Working over time/working more than he should

    Bottleneck

    How it is used:

    The shortage of engineers is the greatest bottleneck for the growth of our country

    What it means:

    Something that slows down the rest of the process

    To be swamped

    How it is used:

    I have been swamped with work due to the new client.

    What it means:

    Very busy/overwhelmed due to having more work

     

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