Business Word/Phrase of the Day

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COUNT ON kaʊnt ɒn

24 July 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • rely.
Example Sentence: I was counting on that extra bit of income to pay for the course.

COME UP kʌm ʌp

23 July 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • mentioned.
Example Sentence: The issue came up during the meeting.


22 July 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • attract.
Example Sentence: The minister has come in for a lot of criticism over his handling of the affair.

CLEAR UP klɪər ʌp

21 July 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • make understandable.
Example Sentence: Have I cleared up anything that you did not understand?

CATCH UP kætʃ ʌp

20 July 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • reach same point.
Example Sentence: I've been on holiday and need to catch up with the latest developments.

BUILD UP bɪld ʌp

19 July 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • increase.
Example Sentence: There were big delays as traffic built up on the roads into the city.

BRING FORWARD brɪŋ fɔrwərd

18 July 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • make earlier.
Example Sentence: The book's publication date has been brought forward.

BREAK UP breɪk ʌp

17 July 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • collapse.
Example Sentence: He may break up under all the stress.

BREAK INTO /breɪk ɪntʊ/

16 July 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • to start to use money that you have saved.
Example Sentence: I broke into my savings to buy a beautiful diamond engagement ring for my girlfriend.

BREAK DOWN breɪk daʊn

15 July 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • stop working.
Example Sentence: The photocopier has broken down again.

BACK UP bæk ʌp

14 July 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • support.
Example Sentence: His claims are backed up by recent research.

BACK OUT bæk aʊt

13 July 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • leave the negotiation.
Example Sentence: They backed out of the deal at the last minute.

ACCOUNT FOR əˈkaʊnt fɔr

12 July 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • explain.
Example Sentence: She was unable to account for over $5000.

UNDERCUT ʌndərˈkʌt

11 July 2014


  • to charge less than a competitor.
Example Sentence: They have reduced their price to undercut their rivals.


10 July 2014


  • to successfully make a business agreement.
Example Sentence: After hours of negotiating, they managed to strike a deal.
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