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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.