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SUBSIDIARY /səbˈsɪdiˌɛri/

26 Jan 2020


  • a company which is owned by a larger company
Example Sentences: How many subsidiaries does Hutchison Whampoa have?
We set up a subsidiary in the UK.

MERGED /mɜrdʒ/

25 Jan 2020


  • If two companies merge, they join together to form a single company
Example Sentences: When did Glaxo Welcome and Smithkline Beecham merge?
We merged with X company in 1990.

FOUNDED /faʊnd/

24 Jan 2020


  • started, set up, established a company or organisation
Example Sentences: She founded the company with a $10,000 bank loan
We were founded in 1981.


23 Jan 2020


  • The high life is an exciting way of living in which rich and successful people enjoy themselves.
Example Sentences: After years of living the high life, I just want to settle down, have kids and live quietly.

LEGAL TENDER /ligəl tɛndər/

22 Jan 2020


  • Legal tender is the money which can be officially used in a country.
Example Sentences: A French person tried to pay using old British pound notes. I told him they weren't legal tender any more.

INVISIBLE EXPORTS /ɪnˈvɪzəbəl ɪkˈspɔrt/

21 Jan 2020


  • Services supplied to foreign countries such as banking and other financial services are called invisible exports
Example Sentences: Invisible exports now make up more than half of the United Kingdom's GDP

LUNCHEON VOUCHERS /lʌntʃən vaʊtʃər/

20 Jan 2020


  • Luncheon vouchers are given by employers to employees to buy meals in some restaurants.
Example Sentences: Selected workers would benefit from luncheon vouchers, free transportation to the construction site and accommodation on location.


19 Jan 2020


  • In the past, pieces of eight was the term used for gold coins. The Spanish created the term.
Example Sentences: Frank went searching for buried treasure off the coast of Florida; he found pieces of eight, the Spanish currency in the 1600s and 1700s.

SICK PAY /sɪk peɪ/

18 Jan 2020


  • Sick pay is money given by an employer to someone who cannot work because of illness.
Example Sentences: Surely your company won't give you indefinite sick pay; don't they specify a time limit?

SHARP-NOSED /ʃɑrp noʊz/

17 Jan 2020


  • Someone who is sharp-nosed is good at dealing with money.
Example Sentences: David hasn't become rich by luck. He's a very sharp-nosed businessman.


16 Jan 2020


  • The gravy train is a way of making money quickly, easily, and often dishonestly.
Example Sentences: With no end to the property boom in sight, speculators are continuing to ride the gravy train.

INFLATIONARY SPIRAL /ɪnˈfleɪʃəˌnɛri spaɪrəl/

15 Jan 2020


  • An inflationary spiral is when salaries and prices take turn to grow in short intervals.
Example Sentences: Recent rises in inflation are more likely to weaken consumer spending than lead to an inflationary spiral of higher salaries and prices.

REDUNDANCY PAYMENT /rɪˈdʌndənsi peɪmənt/

14 Jan 2020


  • A redundancy payment is what a company pays to workers who are no longer needed.
Example Sentences: How was your redundancy payment calculated?
After working for the company for 20 years, I received a very generous redundancy payment.

STANDING ORDER /stan′diŋ ôr′dər/

13 Jan 2020


  • Purchase order covering repeated deliveries of goods or services in specified quantities, at specified prices, and according to a specified schedule.
Example Sentences:We have a standing order for 100 reams of A4 paper each month.
Since we’re ordering regularly from this supplier, I suggest we set up a standing order with them.

MERCHANT BANK /mɜrtʃənt bæŋk/

12 Jan 2020


  • A merchant bank is a bank involved with companies rather than with people.
Example Sentence: Agro National Bank is a merchant bank which specialises in lending to the farming industry.