Business Word/Phrase of the Day

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TAKE MINUTES teɪk mɪnɪts

25 Nov 2020

Phrase

  • to write down the proceedings of a meeting.
Example Sentence: I usually take minutes at the monthly club meetings.
 

TAKE A PAY CUT  

24 Nov 2020

Phrase

  • to accept a decrease in one's salary.
Example Sentence: The telephone workers were forced to take a pay cut after the strike.
 

TAKE A NOSEDIVE  

23 Nov 2020

Phrase

  • to collapse, to decrease in value.
Example Sentence: The stock market took a nosedive when the earnings of the oil company decreased.
 

TAKE (SOMETHING) AT FACE VALUE  

22 Nov 2020

Phrase

  • to take something that is said on its surface.
Example Sentence: I took my friend's comments at face value.
 

TABLE A DISCUSSION  

21 Nov 2020

Phrase

  • to postpone a discussion until a later time.
Example Sentence: We tabled the discussion about the salary issue until the next meeting.
 

SWEETHEART DEAL switˌhɑrt dil

20 Nov 2020

Phrase

  • a deal made between friends/businesses so that both parties benefit.
Example Sentence: We made a sweetheart deal with our landlord to have our rent reduced.
 

STRIKE WHILE THE IRON IS HOT  

19 Nov 2020

Phrase

  • to take advantage of an opportunity.
Example Sentence: I decided to strike while the iron was hot and apply for the job as soon as it was advertised.
 

SET UP A MEETING  

18 Nov 2020

Phrase

  • to make arrangements for a meeting.
Example Sentence: I am trying to set up a meeting with the manager of our department.
 

SELL OUT sɛl aʊt

17 Nov 2020

Phrase

  • to sell all of a product.
Example Sentence: Every year our company is able to sell out most of our summer goods.
 

SELL LIKE HOTCAKES  

16 Nov 2020

Phrase

  • to sell very quickly.
Example Sentence: The children's toys were selling like hotcakes at the end of the year.
 

SELL (SOMETHING) AT A LOSS  

15 Nov 2020

Phrase

  • to sell something and lose money.
Example Sentence: We were forced to sell the computers at a loss.
 

SECOND A MOTION  

14 Nov 2020

Phrase

  • to agree with a proposal.
Example Sentence: I seconded the motion where we decided to start one hour early every morning.
 

SADDLED WITH DEBT  

13 Nov 2020

Phrase

  • to be burdened with debt.
Example Sentence: Our company is saddled with debt and must do something about it quickly.
 

RUN SHORT rʌn ʃɔrt

12 Nov 2020

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  

11 Nov 2020

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.
 
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