across the board
- including everyone or everything
The computer company decided to give the workers an across-the-board increase in
at a loss
- at less than the cost, at a financial loss
Everything was on sale but at a loss so the prices were very low.
bail a company out
- to help or rescue a company that has financial problems
The government bailed out the bank in order to maintain stability in the economy.
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 our buck when we advertised on the Internet.
- short work hours (similar to when a bank is open)
My sister's husband owns his own company and works banker's hours most days.
- to supply someone with money, to finance someone
The movie actor bankrolled his son while the son was producing his first movie.
- an accountant
We asked the bean counters to look at the figures in the new budget.
- an important person, a leader
The new director was a big wheel in his previous company but he is not so important
- an important person, a leader
Some of the bigwigs of our company came to visit our factory.
bottom drops/falls out of (something)
- a collapse occurs and prices fall below an earlier low price
When the bottom fell out of the coffee market many companies had to stop doing
- the total, the final figure on a balance sheet, the results (of a business)
After we examined the bottom line of the company we decided not to invest in it.
- the central issue of a discussion, the main point
My friend wants to open a restaurant but the bottom line is that if we do not do more
research I do not want to invest any money.
- to reach the lowest or worst point
The value of the stock has begun to bottom out and it should soon begin to increase in
bounce a check
- to write a check in which you do not have enough money in your bank account
The young man bounced a check when he tried to pay his rent.
boys in the backroom
- a group of men making decisions behind the scenes
The boys in the backroom told us that the factory will close next year.
- to have expenses equal to profits
After only three months the company was able to break even and begin to make a profit.
- a situation where there is not enough money in the budget
There is a severe budget squeeze at our company and we must stop wasting money.
buy a stake in (something)
- to buy part ownership of a company or other enterprise
The large bank is planning to buy a stake in the small stock trading company.
buy off (someone)
- to use a gift or money to divert someone from their duty or purpose (similar to a bribe
and sometimes illegal)
The land developer tried to buy off the politician but he was not successful.
buy out (someone or something)
- to buy the ownership or a majority share of something
The large company decided to buy out the small textile company.
buy (something) on credit
- to buy something without paying cash
My friend had no money so he decided to buy some furniture on credit.
by a long shot
- by a big difference
The soap company beat out the bids of the other companies by a long shot.
a calculated risk
- an action that may fail but has a good chance to succeed
The company took a calculated risk when they put the new computer screen on the
call a meeting to order
- to start a meeting
Our supervisor called the meeting to order when everyone arrived in the conference
captain of industry
- a top corporation officer
The president of our company was a captain of industry and when he retired he was
appointed to many government boards.
carry a motion
- to support or win acceptance for a motion/proposal/idea in a meeting
I was able to carry a motion to cancel the activities for next week.
carry over figures/numbers/costs
- to transfer a figure/number/cost from one column or time to another
Our company has financial problems and we must carry over last year's losses to this
carry over (something)
- to save or postpone something for another time
The department store will carry over their sale until after the national holiday.
carry the day
- to win complete support
The manager's new idea carried the day and everyone supported him with enthusiasm.
carry through with (something)
- to put something into action, to do something
The steel company carried through with their plan to restructure operations.
close out (something)
- to sell the whole of something, to sell all the goods
The company decided to close out the store and sell the remaining stock very cheap.
close the books
- to stop taking orders, to end a bookkeeping period
The company will close the books at the end of December.
close up shop
- to stop doing business (for a variety of reasons - not only financial reasons)
The university bookstore had to close up shop when their rent was increased.
come down in price
- to lower the price of one's product, to become cheaper
We were forced to come down in price in order to sell our target number of cars for the
- a person who always works hard and agrees with his employers or company
My father was a company man and he always put in an extra effort for his company.
- to do mathematical calculations
Our accountant loves to crunch numbers and he is one of the top managers in our
cut a deal
- to make a business arrangement or contract
I was able to cut a deal with the contractor and we paid very little for our new kitchen.
- to use fewer or less of something
The company has been cutting back on entertainment expenses recently.
cut off (someone or something)
- to interrupt or stop someone or something
The speech by our manager was cut off when the electricity went off in the building.
cut one's losses
- to do something in order to stop losing additional money or time etc.
We should sell the old machinery soon and try to cut our losses.
deliver the goods
- to succeed in doing a good job of something
The new manager is not very popular but he is able to deliver the goods.
draw up a contract
- to make/draft a contract
The lawyer spent several hours drawing up a new contract.
face value (of something)
- the official value or worth of something
Although the face value of the postage stamp was very low it sold at the auction for
fill the bill
- to be just what is needed
The new machine should fill the bill for what we need to finish the job.
float (someone) a loan
- to loan someone money
I asked the bank to float me a loan so that I could buy a new car.
- to go forward, to make progress
Our company is gaining ground in its attempt to be the best in the industry.
get a break
- to get an opportunity or good deal
We were able to get a break on the price of the paint and we saved much money.
get a raise
- to get an increase in one's salary
My sister works hard and she recently got a raise in her new job.
get into the swing of it/things
- to become familiar with an activity or situation so that you can start doing it well or
I was just getting into the swing of things when they transferred me to another
department. I hadn't worked in an office for a few years and it took me a while to get
back into the swing of it.
get off the ground
- to make a successful beginning
We were unable to get the new product off the ground but we will try again next year.
go belly up
- to go out of business because of financial problems
The small computer company went belly up several months ago.
go through with (something)
- to do something as planned or as agreed, to finish something
We will not go through with our plans to build the new product until we solve several
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 a stake in (something)
- to have part ownership of a company or other business
The large oil company has a stake in the new oil exploration company.
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.
have the floor
- to have permission to speak in a meeting
The president had the floor for almost an hour during the meeting.
- Look up because something may hit you. Information or notification, especially in
Gave me the heads-up on the new security measures.
heads will roll
- someone will be punished
Heads will roll when our boss learns about the money that we have lost.
hold a meeting
- to conduct a meeting
We plan to hold a meeting next week to discuss the problems with our new product.
in black and white
- in writing
The company refused to deal with the customer's complaints until they were in black and
in short supply
- to not have enough of something, to be less than the amount or number needed
Experienced computer programmers are in short supply in our company.
in the black
- to be successful, to be making money, to be profitable
The new company has been in the black for many years now.
in the long run
- over a long period of time
The company has been losing money recently but in the long run they should make a
in the loop
- to be involved or to take part in a job or in information sharing with one's colleagues
I began to work in the evenings and I was no longer in the loop at our company.
in the red
- to be losing money, to be unprofitable
The company has been in the red since the price of oil began to rise rapidly.
in the works
- to be in preparation, to be in the process of being planned or developed
The camera company has a new camera in the works but nobody knows about it.
in the black
- successful or making money
The new company has been in the black for over a year now.
- make a price higher
The steel companies decided to jack up the price of steel at the beginning of the year.
- money paid illegally for favourable treatment
The construction company was taken to court for giving kickbacks to the local politicians.
- be serious
Our boss means business when he tells everyone to try and work harder.
More Haste, Less Speed
- The faster you try to do something, the more likely you are to make mistakes that make
you take longer than it would had you planned it.
- an accountant, someone who works with numbers
Our president is a good number-cruncher and understands about the finances of our
- in one's possession, ready
We didn't have any supplies on hand and were unable to finish the job.
on the block
- for sale
As soon as they purchased the company they began to put some of the equipment on
- make a profit, be successful
The furniture manufacturer was unable to pay off their loan and had to go out of
piece/slice of the action
- a share in the activity or the profits of something
The inventor wanted a large piece of the action of the profits from the new computer that
he had invented.
- debt (red ink on a financial statement)
The automobile company has been drowning in red ink since the US dollar began to
saddled with debt
- burdened with debt
Our sister company is saddled with a great amount of debt and should be sold as soon
sell like hotcakes
- sell very quickly
The children's toys were selling like hotcakes at the end of the year.
- sell all of a product
Every year at least one company sells out all of their products which frustrates many
Strike while the iron is hot
- take advantage of an opportunity
We decided to strike while the iron was hot and began to market the product around the
time of the Olympics.
- a deal made between friends so that both may make a big profit
We were able to make a sweetheart deal with our landlord and got the rent greatly
take a nosedive
- collapse, fail, decrease in value
The stock market took a nosedive when the earnings of the oil company began to
- take control or possession of something, take charge or responsibility
The government decided to take over the bank after it declared bankruptcy.
- sell shares in a company to the general public
We decided it was necessary to take our company public in order to raise money to
expand our facilities.
- count the items of merchandise or supplies in stock, take inventory
The department store closes down for 3 days every March in order to take stock.
throw cold water on
- discourage, forbid
The managers threw cold water on the plans to close down the factory for one week in
throw money at something
- try to solve a problem by spending money on it
The president of our company is willing to throw a lot of money at the problem in the
hope of solving it.
- a difficult situation
The computer manufacturing company has been in a tight spot since the shortage of
computer chips appeared.
- to buy and then sell something to customers
The turn-over at that discount store is very rapid.
- plan, develop
I spent the weekend trying to work out the budget estimates for next year.
- remove from a business record, cancel a debt
It was impossible for the bank to collect the money so they were forced to write off the