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PIECE/SLICE OF THE ACTION  

24 Sep 2018

Phrase

  • a share in the activity or the profits of something.
Example Sentence: The inventor wanted a piece of the action from the new computer that he had designed.
 

MAKE A COLD CALL  

24 Aug 2018

Phrase

  • to visit or telephone a potential but unknown customer.
Example Sentence: When he first started to work at his company the salesman was asked to make a cold call.
 

CLOSE UP SHOP  

24 Jul 2018

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.
 

GREEN SHOOTS grin ʃuts

24 Jun 2018

Noun

  • signs of recovery in times of an economic crisis or downturn.
Example Sentence: Today our chief economic correspondent will look at whether there are green shoots in the house building market this spring.
 

VENDOR vɛndər

24 Feb 2018

Noun

  • a person or agency that sells.
Example Sentence: Please call the vendor to confirm delivery one week in advance.
 

SECURITY AUDIT /sɪˈkjʊə.rɪ.ti ˈɔː.dɪt/

24 Oct 2013

phrase

  • an assessment of a security system that checks for problems and points of weakness
Example Sentences:I’ve received a report from the security audit that certain areas of our site are vulnerable to hacking.
If you feel there is still a weakness in the security of our website, we should have another security audit carried out.
 

ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE  

24 May 2013

phrase

  • a computer programme designed to detect viruses and any other harmful computer code, and prevent them from infecting your computer, network, website, etc.
Example Sentences:Norton is probably the best-known anti-virus software.
My anti-virus software is set to scan my computer on a weekly basis.
 

DEPARTURE BOARD dɪˈpɑrtʃər bɔrd

24 Apr 2013

Noun

  • an electronic notice board giving details of all the flights leaving the airport or train station.
Example Sentence: According to the departure board, the next train to Manchester leaves in 10 minutes.

 

 

ITINERARY aɪˈtɪnəˈrɛri

24 Mar 2013

Noun

  • the plan of your travel, the places you will visit on a trip.
Example Sentence: Your tour guide will plan the itinerary of your holiday for your visit to Scotland.

 

 

GOLDEN HANDSHAKE /ˈgəʊl.dən ˈhænd.ʃeɪk/

24 Aug 2012

phrase

  • a usually large payment made to someone when they leave their job, either when their employer has asked them to leave or when they are leaving at the end of their working life, as a reward for very long or good service in their job
Example Sentences:She's set up a production company with her golden handshake.
I wonder how much his golden handshake was worth.
 
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