Business Word/Phrase of the Day

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GO BELLY UP  

29 Jun 2016

Phrase

  • to go out of business because of financial problem.
Example Sentence: The small computer company went belly up several months ago.
 

GET A BREAK  

28 Jun 2016

Phrase

  • to get an opportunity or good deal.
Example Sentence: We were able to get a break on the price of the paint and we saved a lot of money.
 

FLOAT (SOMEONE) A LOAN  

27 Jun 2016

Phrase

  • to loan someone money.
Example Sentence: I asked the bank to float me a loan so that I could buy a new car.
 

FIT THE BILL  

26 Jun 2016

Phrase

  • to be just what is needed.
Example Sentence: The new machine should fit the bill for what we need to finish the job.
 

FIGURE OUT (SOMETHING) fɪgər aʊt

25 Jun 2016

Phrase

  • to find an answer by thinking about something.
Example Sentence: Everyone is trying to figure out what our boss is going to do with the new product.
 

FAIR PLAY fɛər pleɪ

24 Jun 2016

Phrase

  • justice, equal and correct action toward someone.
Example Sentence: The company has a reputation for fair play when they are bargaining with their competitors.
 

FACE VALUE (OF SOMETHING)  

23 Jun 2016

Phrase

  • the official value or worth of something
Example Sentence: Although the face value of the postage stamp was very low it sold at the auction for $1,000.
 

A NUMBER CRUNCHER  

22 Jun 2016

Noun

  • an accountant, someone who works with numbers.
Example Sentence: Our president is a good number cruncher and he understands the finances of the company.
 

A HARD SELL  

21 Jun 2016

Phrase

  • a way of selling something that is very aggressive.
Example Sentence: The car salesman gave us a hard sell so we went to another car dealer.
 

DRAW UP A CONTRACT  

20 Jun 2016

Phrase

  • to make/draft a contract.
Example Sentence: The lawyer spent several hours drawing up a new contract.
 

DOUBLE CHECK (SOMETHING)  

19 Jun 2016

Phrase

  • to check something again to confirm that it is correct.
Example Sentence: We plan to double check the price of the new product before the price list is made available.
 

DELIVER THE GOODS  

18 Jun 2016

Phrase

  • to succeed in doing a good job of something.
Example Sentence: The new manager is not very popular but he is able to deliver the goods.
 

CRUNCH NUMBERS krʌntʃ nʌmbərz

17 Jun 2016

Phrase

  • to do mathematical calculations.
Example Sentence: Our accountant loves to crunch numbers and he is one of the top managers in the company.
 

COMPANY TOWN kʌmpəni taʊn

16 Jun 2016

Phrase

  • a town dominated by one industry or company.
Example Sentence: When the coal mine closed, the company town faced severe economic times.
 

CLOSE UP SHOP  

15 Jun 2016

Phrase

  • to stop doing business (for a variety of reasons.)
Example Sentence: The university bookstore had to close up shop when their rent was increased.
 
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