Sunday, April 2, 2017

"Say it ain't so" Language Corner

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across the board
- including everyone or everything
The computer company decided to give the workers an across-the-board increase in their salary.

adjourn a meeting
- to end a meeting
We adjourned the meeting until the next day.

ball park figure/estimate
- a rough estimate or figure
The contractor gave us a ball park figure for the cost of repairing the new building.

bang for the buck
- value for the money spent
We were able to get much bang for the buck when we advertised on the Internet.

blow a deal
- to ruin a business deal with someone
We are working hard so that we do not blow the deal with our new customer.

bring (something) to the table
- to have something to offer during a negotiation
We were able to bring a new offer to the table during the negotiations.

by a long shot
- by a big difference
Our company beat out the bids of the other companies by a long shot.

carve out a niche (for a product)
- to create a specialty
The company was able to carve out a niche for their product among university students.

corner the market
- to dominate a particular market with your product
The large company has cornered the market for cell phones in our city. or product or market that nobody else has
crunch numbers
- to do mathematical calculations
The accountant loves to crunch numbers and he is one of the top managers in our company.

cut corners
- to economize, to try to spend less money
We have been forced to economize on expenses during these severe economic times.

go belly up
- to go out of business because of financial problems
The small computer company went belly up several months ago.

a hard sell
- a way of selling something that is very aggressive and uses much pressure
The car salesman gave us a hard sell so we went to another car dealer.

have one's finger in the pie
- to be involved in something, to receive money for something
The new manager has his finger in the pie of many small businesses.

heads will roll
- someone will be punished
Heads will roll when our boss learns about the money that we have lost.

in the loop
- part of a group of people that is kept up-to-date with information about something
I began to work in the evenings and I was no longer in the loop at our company.

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