Business english idioms

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For better or worse, the American workplace is full of idioms, which are used everyday. Here are some idioms you're likely to encounter in the workplace. To help you decipher what they may mean, VanSight has collected a list of some of the most common of them.

Here we will put in plain words so as you can apply them in business environment.

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Business english idioms

  1. 1. Business English American idioms By VanSight
  2. 2. COPYRIGHT 2009 VANSIGHT division of Synbiz Solutions Pvt Ltd No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or for any purpose without the express permission of VanSight Division of Synbiz Solutions Pvt Ltd. The information contained herein may be changed without prior notice. VanSight is trademark of Synbiz Solutions Pvt Ltd. All other product and service names mentioned and associated logos displayed are the trademarks of their respective companies. Data contained in this document serves informational and educational purposes only. The information in this document is proprietary to Synbiz Solutions Pvt Ltd. This product contains training material for English or Soft Skills or Personality Development. Synbiz assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions in this document. Synbiz does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information, text, graphics, links, or other items contained within this material. This document is provided without a warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. 2
  3. 3. Introduction For better or worse, the American workplace is full of idioms, which are used everyday. Here are some idioms youre likely to encounter in the workplace. To help you decipher what they may mean, VanSight has collected a list of some of the most common of them. Here we will put in plain words so as you can apply them in business environment. 3
  4. 4. Make itExample: I am going to make it in this quarter. it heremeans his targetMeaning: to be successful, specially in a job 4
  5. 5. Be ahead of the packExample: this month I would be the employee of the monthas I am ahead of the pack.Meaning: more successful than others who is trying toachieve the same like you. 5
  6. 6. Corner the marketExample: with the new service our company captured corner ofthe market.Meaning: to be successful in selling or marketing a product orservice which in nearly a monopoly. very few people sell thesame 6
  7. 7. At a premiumExample: When LCD televisions first came out, they wereselling at a premium.Meaning: at a high price; at a relatively high price 7
  8. 8. Back-of-the-envelope calculationsExample: I dont need the exact numbers right now. Just giveme some back-of-the-envelope calculations.Meaning: quick calculations; estimates using approximatenumbers, instead of exact numbers same as ball-park figure inBritish English. 8
  9. 9. Belt-tighteningExample: When worldwide demand for softwaredecreased, Microsoft had to do some belt-tightening.Meaning: reduction of expenses 9
  10. 10. To bite the bulletExample: When recession set, all industries’ had to bite thebullet and cut jobs.Meaning: to make a difficult or painful decision; to take adifficult step 10
  11. 11. Bitter pill to swallowExample: After Uma spent six months of training as anintern for Amazon, failing to get a full-time job offer from thecompany was a bitter pill to swallow.Meaning: bad news; something unpleasant to accept. 11
  12. 12. Block busterExample: Uma made a lot of money with the cooking classesidea. It was a real blockbuster.Meaning: a big success; a huge hit 12
  13. 13. Brownie pointsExample: Jaya scored brownie points with her boss byvolunteering to organize the companys holiday party.Meaning: credit for doing a good deed or for giving someonea compliment usually a boss or teacher 13
  14. 14. Cash cowExample: With strong sales every year and a great brandname, Mercedes is a cash cow for Daimler Chrysler.Meaning: a product, service, or business division that generatesa lot of cash for the company, without requiring muchinvestment 14
  15. 15. To cash in onExample: Anthony Bourdain, No Reservation star of thecookery TV show, cashed in on his popularity by writingcookbooks and opening restaurants.Meaning: to make money on; to benefit financially from 15
  16. 16. To climb the corporate ladderExample: You want to climb the corporate ladder? It helps tobe productive and to look good in front of your boss.Meaning: advance in ones career; the process of gettingpromoted and making it to senior management 16
  17. 17. Purchase full presentation consisting of 50 slides athttp://vansight.net/downloads/spoken- english-skills-ppt.html 17

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