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Friday, 18 September 2015

Idioms About Business with Examples and Explanations


1. a foot in the doorto manage to enter an organization, a field of business, etc. that could bring you success
- I always wanted to work for that company but it took me two years to get a foot in the door.
2. cash cowthe part of a business that always makes a profit and that provides money for the rest of the business
- The new product became the company’s cash cow.
3. too many chiefs, not enough Indiansused to describe a situation in which there are too many people telling other people what to do, and not enough people to do the work
- There are too many chiefs and not enough Indians in that company.
4. eager beaveran enthusiastic person who works very hard
- George is an eager beaver and is certain to succeed in business.
5. a slice of the piea share of something such as money, profits, etc.
- The company made big profits and the workers want a slice of the pie.
6. go belly upto fail completely
- Last year the business went belly up after sales continued to fall.
7. golden handshakea large sum of money that is given to somebody when they leave their job, or to persuade them to leave their job
- When Tom left the company he was given a golden handshake.
8. grease someone’s palmto give somebody money in order to persuade them to do something dishonest
- There are rumours that the company had to grease someone’s palms to get that contract.
9. hold the fortto have the responsibility for something or care of somebody while other people are away or out
- While the boss is out of the office, I’ll have to hold the fort.
10. keep head above waterto deal with a difficult situation, especially one in which you have financial problems, and just manage to survive
- Business is bad. I’m not sure how much longer we’ll be able to keep our heads above water.
11. red tapeofficial rules that seem more complicated than necessary and prevent things from being done quickly
- You have to go through endless red tape to start up a business.
12. sell ice to Eskimosto persuade people to go against their best interests or to accept something unnecessary or preposterous.
- That salesman is such a smooth talker, he could sell ice to Eskimos.
13. sleeping partnera person who has put money into a business company but who is not actually involved in running it
- Tom found a sleeping partner to invest money in his business.
14. walking papersthe letter or notice dismissing somebody from a job
- Helen was given her walking papers yesterday.
15. a dead ducka plan, an event, etc. that has failed or is certain to fail and that is therefore not worth discussing
- The project was a dead duck from the start due to a lack of funding.