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Business Word/Phrase of the Day

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TIDE OVER /taɪd oʊvər/

02 Jul 2024

Phrasal Verb

  • to help someone with money for a period of time until they have enough.
Example Sentence: Can you lend me some money to tide me over till the weekend?

BAIL OUT /beɪl aʊt/

01 Jul 2024

Phrasal Verb

  • to help a person or organization out of a difficult financial situation.
Example Sentence: He bailed the company out in return for a 50% shareholding.

SCRAPE BY /skreɪp baɪ/

30 Jun 2024

Phrasal Verb

  • to manage to live on very little money.
Example Sentence: He lost his job, so the family had to scrape by on $150 a week.

GET BY /gɛt baɪ/

29 Jun 2024

Phrasal Verb

  • to have just enough money for your needs.
Example Sentences: How can he get by on so little money?
He earns just enough to get by.

COUGH UP /kɔf ʌp/

28 Jun 2024

Phrasal Verb

  • to provide money for something you do not want.
Example Sentence:I've just had to cough up $50 for a parking fine.

FORK OUT /fɔrk aʊt/

27 Jun 2024

Phrasal Verb

  • to pay for something, usually something you would rather not have to pay for.
Example Sentences: I forked out ten quid for/on the ticket.
I couldn't persuade him to fork out for a new one.

RUN UP /rʌn ʌp/

26 Jun 2024

Phrasal Verb

  • to do things which cause you to owe a large amount of money.
Example Sentence: She stayed two weeks at the hotel and ran up a bill which she couldn't pay.

SPLASH OUT /splæʃ aʊt/

25 Jun 2024

Phrasal Verb

  • to spend a lot of money on something you don't need, but is very pleasant.
Example Sentence: When the city traders get their annual bonus, they splash out on everything from sports cars to luxury houses.

LAY OUT /leɪ aʊt/

24 Jun 2024

Phrasal Verb

  • to spend money, especially a large amount.
Example Sentences: It's not every day you lay out $6000 on a holiday.
He's just laid out $3000 on a new HD television.

DEPENDANT dɪˈpɛndənt

23 Jun 2024


  • A dependant is someone who depends on you for financial support, such as a child or family member who does not work.
Example Sentences: My pension will provide financial stability for my dependants.
The insurance provides coverage for workers and their dependants.

DEPENDENT dɪˈpɛndənt

22 Jun 2024


  • If someone is dependent, they need the support of something or someone in order to continue existing or operating.
Example Sentences: He has three dependent children.
It's very easy to become dependent on sleeping pills.

HIRE haɪər

21 Jun 2024


  • Hire is a verb meaning to pay to use something for a short period.
Example Sentences: How much would it cost to hire a car for a week?
You could always hire a dress for the party if you can't afford to buy one.

HIGHER haɪər

20 Jun 2024


  • Higher is the comparative form of the common adjective high, which we are sure you are familiar with.
Example Sentences: Every year he moves higher up the company.
They may accept a slightly higher offer.

CURRANT kɜrənt

19 Jun 2024


  • A currant is a small black dried grape without seeds, used especially in cakes.
Example Sentences: The Christmas cake is full of currants.

CURRENT kɜrənt

18 Jun 2024


  • Current is an adjective meaning now or of the present time.
Example Sentences: Have you seen the current issue of Vogue magazine?
The word 'thou' is no longer in current use.