Every language has its own collection of wise sayings that many people call idioms. Those phrases generally offer advice about how to live and also transfer some underlying ideas, principles and values of a given society. They usually have a meaning that goes beyond just the words that make them up. In the past, we have…
5 Must-Know Idioms for Business
If you’re like me, you love to learn new expressions that help you sound more native in a language that isn’t your mother tongue. One place that you hear a great deal of idioms is in business. Here are 5 great phrases in English that are related to business that you can add to your vocabulary to make you sound more professional.
- Foot in the door.
- It means: to get an opportunity to take the first step in achieving your goal, usually by making a connection with an important person or organization.
- Example sentence: If I can just get a meeting with the CEO, I’ll have my foot in the door and then I can pitch him my idea.
- A team player.
- It means: someone who works well with others to get the job done.
- Example sentence: We couldn’t have finished the report on time if it weren’t for Christy because she is such a team player.
- A real trouper.
- It means: someone who deals with a lot and does not give up, usually for the benefit of another group.
- Example sentence: Peter stayed at the office all night to finish the presentation. I can’t believe he did that; he’s a real trouper.
- Note: It is trouper, not trooper. A trooper is a police man who patrols the highways. A trouper is a reliable, uncomplaining person; a staunch supporter or colleague.
- Tricks of the trade.
- It means: a skill or method that is used frequently in a profession.
- Matt knows all the tricks of the trade. He is the best salesman on our team.
- To pull rank.
- It means: to exercise authority. Usually to end a discussion or disregard the views of others.
- Example sentence: My employees didn’t want to do the job as I had specified, so I had to pull rank and make them start all over again.