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TO HAVE ONE’S FEET ON THE GROUND  

14 May 2020

Phrase

  • to be sensible.
Example Sentence: Despite his huge sudden success in business he manages to keep his feet on the ground.
 

BREAKEVEN breɪkˈivən

13 May 2020

Noun

  • the point at which a business operation can begin to make profit, and no longer loses money.
Example Sentence: I'm sure my husband's company will reach breakeven within a year.
 

UPMARKET ʌpˌmɑrkɪt

12 May 2020

Adjective

  • a product or service intended for people who can afford to buy or pay for expensive things.
Example Sentence: I really want to impress him so I've decided to take him somewhere really upmarket for breakfast; we might try the newly opened buffet near the parliament with golden teaspoons and a complimentary glass of champagne with everything.
 

TO OFFSET ɔfˌsɛt

11 May 2020

Verb

  • to compensate for something; to counterbalance.
Example Sentence: I'm afraid we will have to raise our prices in the restaurant in order to offset the increased cost of ingredients – vegetables are especially expensive this season.
 

TO SOAR sɔr

10 May 2020

Verb

  • (of an amount or value) – to rise very speedily.
Example Sentence: The number of really poor families has soared to record high levels.
 

GROSS PROFIT MARGIN groʊs prɒfɪt mɑrdʒɪn

09 May 2020

Noun

  • The difference between the selling price of a product or service and the cost of producing it, excluding taxation, salaries paid to employees, overheads (electricity, office rent etc).
Example Sentence: There were so many items I had to work with that in the end I made a mistake in calculating our gross profit margin.
 

OVERHEADS oʊvərˈhɛds

08 May 2020

Adjective

  • regular costs that a business must pay, such as electricity, salaries, etc.
Example Sentence: Internet companies have much lower overheads.
 

COLLATERAL kəˈlætərəl

07 May 2020

Noun

  • a car, a house or something valuable that you promise to give the lender if you cannot pay back the money you borrowed from them.
Example Sentence: I need $20.000 urgently. I can put my flat in London up as collateral – it must be worth 10 times as much as that.
 

TO CEMENT sɪˈmɛnt

06 May 2020

Verb

  • to make a business relationship stronger.
Example Sentence: After years of cooperation in different projects we cemented our relationship by signing the new contract.
 

TO BOUNCE BACK baʊns bæk

05 May 2020

Verb

  • to return to a higher level after suffering from difficulties for a while.
Example Sentence: The Chinese economy has already bounced back after the recession and now it's booming.
 

ACCELERATION ækˌsɛləˈreɪʃən

04 May 2020

Noun

  • (the rate of) speeding up.
Example Sentence: You can do a lot for the acceleration of your enterprise, e.g. you can invest more time into advertising yourself on community pages like Facebook.
 

AILING eɪlɪŋ

03 May 2020

Adjective

  • if the economy/a sector etc is ailing it is (relatively) weak and troubled.
Example Sentence: We are really lucky because we have severally financially ailing competitors, while our situation is relatively sound.
 

RELIABLE rɪˈlaɪəbəl

02 May 2020

Adjective

  • something or somebody that can be relied on and trusted.
Example Sentence: What we would like to do next is to design a highly reliable network and to gain competitive advantage over our rivals at last.
 

CREDIT LIMIT krɛdɪt lɪmɪt

01 May 2020

Noun

  • the maximum amount of money a financial institution e.g. a bank is willing to give someone.
Example Sentence: If your credit limit with your bank is too low, it's not the best solution to acquire credit cards from several different banks.
 

FREELANCER /ˈfriˌlæn sər/

30 Apr 2020

noun

  • a person who works as a writer, designer, performer, or the like, selling work or services by the hour, day, job, etc., rather than working on a regular salary basis for one employer
Example Sentences:The company employs a number of freelancers.
I work as a freelancer for a local newspaper.
 
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