Business Word/Phrase of the Day

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ON THE BLOCK  

25 Oct 2020

Phrase

  • to be for sale, to go on sale.
Example Sentence: After we bought the company we began to put some of the equipment on the block.
 

ON HAND ɒn hænd

24 Oct 2020

Phrase

  • to be in one's possession, to be ready.
Example Sentence: We did not have enough supplies on hand and were unable to finish the job.
 

A KICKBACK /eɪ kɪkˌbæk/

23 Oct 2020

phrase

  • A kickback is the money given to a person in a position of power as a payment for making something possible.
Example Sentences: Mr. Washburn might go to jail as the police believe he was taking kickbacks.
The company made the building with poor materials because two of its managers were taking kickbacks.
 

GAIN GROUND geɪn graʊnd

22 Oct 2020

Phrase

  • to go forward, to make progress.
Example Sentence: Our company is gaining ground in its attempt to be the best in the industry.
 

GET OFF THE GROUND  

21 Oct 2020

Phrase

  • o make a successful beginning.
Example Sentence: We were unable to get the new product off the ground but we will try again.
 

GET A RAISE  

20 Oct 2020

Phrase

  • to get an increase in one's salary.
Example Sentence: My sister works hard and she recently got a raise in her new job.
 

HANG OUT ONE’S SHINGLE  

19 Oct 2020

Phrase

  • to open one's own business (usually as a professional).
Example Sentence: My friend decided to hang out his shingle as a dentist soon after he finished college.
 

GIVE (SOMEONE) THE GREEN LIGHT  

18 Oct 2020

Phrase

  • to give someone permission to go ahead with a project.
Example Sentence: Our boss gave us the green light to begin work on the new sales campaign.
 

GO THROUGH WITH (SOMETHING)  

17 Oct 2020

Phrase

  • to do something as planned or as agreed.
Example Sentence: We will not go through with our plans to build the new product until we have sold our stock.
 

IN CHARGE OF (SOMEONE OR SOMETHING)  

16 Oct 2020

Phrase

  • to be in control of someone or something.
Example Sentence: My sister has been in charge of buying supplies at her company for many years.
 

IN SHORT SUPPLY  

15 Oct 2020

Phrase

  • to not have enough of something.
Example Sentence: Experienced computer programmers are in short supply in our company.
 

IN STOCK ɪn stɒk

14 Oct 2020

Phrase

  • available or ready to sell or use.
Example Sentence: The store does not have any printer ribbons in stock.
 

IN THE LONG RUN  

13 Oct 2020

Phrase

  • over a long period of time.
Example Sentence: The company has been losing money recently but in the long run they should be ok.
 

IN THE MARKET FOR (SOMETHING)  

12 Oct 2020

Phrase

  • to be ready to buy something, to want to buy something.
Example Sentence: We have been in the market for a new computer for a long time.
 

KEEP BOOKS kip bʊks

11 Oct 2020

Phrase

  • to keep records of money that is gained or spent.
Example Sentence: The new sales manager does not know how to keep books and he has made many mistakes.
 
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