Business Word/Phrase of the Day

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RUN SHORT rʌn ʃɔrt

28 Aug 2016

Phrase

  • to not have enough of something.
Example Sentence: They ran short of gasoline at the gas station and had to close early.
 

RUN AN AD  

27 Aug 2016

Phrase

  • to place/put an advertisement in a publication.
Example Sentence: The government decided to run an ad to tell the public about the new gas tax.
 

RUN A MEETING  

26 Aug 2016

Phrase

  • to conduct a meeting.
Example Sentence: My boss is not able to run a meeting very well.
 

RULE (SOMEONE) OUT OF ORDER  

25 Aug 2016

Phrase

  • to rule that someone is not following the rules.
Example Sentence: The chairwoman ruled the salesman out of order when he began to speak at the president.
 

RED TAPE rɛd teɪp

24 Aug 2016

Phrase

  • rules and regulations that seem unnecessary.
Example Sentence: There is a lot of red tape when you try to start up a new business.
 

RED INK rɛd ɪŋk

23 Aug 2016

Phrase

  • debt (the red ink on a financial statement).
Example Sentence: The automobile company has much red ink because of the bad economic conditions.
 

PUT ONE’S NOSE TO THE GRINDSTONE  

22 Aug 2016

Phrase

  • to work diligently/hard.
Example Sentence: I put my nose to the grindstone and finished the job before the weekend.
 

PUT (SOMETHING) ON HOLD  

21 Aug 2016

Phrase

  • to postpone a project.
Example Sentence: The construction company put the project on hold while they researched the background.
 

PUT (SOMEONE) THROUGH  

20 Aug 2016

Phrase

  • to transfer someone to someone else's telephone.
Example Sentence: I phoned the credit card company and they quickly put me through to a supervisor.
 

PUT (SOMEONE) ON HOLD  

19 Aug 2016

Phrase

  • to disconnect someone temporarily from the telephone.
Example Sentence: I phoned the bank but they put me on hold before someone spoke to me.
 

PREFERRED CUSTOMER prɪˈfɜrd kʌstəmər

18 Aug 2016

Phrase

  • a customer who does much business with you.
Example Sentence: The man is a preferred customer and he always receives his products soon after he orders them.
 

PLUG A PRODUCT  

17 Aug 2016

Phrase

  • to promote a product.
Example Sentence: The soccer star makes a lot of money when he agrees to plug a product.
 

PIECE/SLICE OF THE ACTION  

16 Aug 2016

Phrase

  • a share in the activity or the profits of something.
Example Sentence: The inventor wanted a piece of the action from the new computer that he had designed.
 

PAY OFF peɪ ɒf

15 Aug 2016

Phrase

  • to succeed, to yield good results.
Example Sentence: I hope that our plans for the new business will pay off.
 

OVERNIGHT (SOMETHING) oʊvərˈnaɪt

14 Aug 2016

Phrase

  • to send a document or package somewhere for delivery the next day.
Example Sentence: We decided to overnight the new contract to our supplier.
 
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