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04 May 2024


  • Course has many meanings, but the most common meaning is a set of classes or a plan of study on a particular subject, usually resulting in an exam or qualification.
Example Sentences: Tim did a three-year course in linguistics at London University.
They're going away on a training course next week.

TO CLOSE A DEAL /tu; kloʊz eɪ dil/

03 May 2024


  • If you close a deal, you make a successful business arrangement with someone.
Example Sentences:We closed a deal with a major supermarket to supply them with Australian oranges.
I must close a few deals today; otherwise, I'm hardly going to make any commission this month.

TO BREAK EVEN /tu; breɪk ivən/

02 May 2024


  • If you break even, you have neither made a profit nor lost money.
Example Sentences: In his first year in business, although he had made many contacts, he still only broke even.
Our restaurant was lucky because it did not fail; however, next year we are hoping to do more than break even.


01 May 2024


  • To get something off the ground is to actually start something that has been planned.
Example Sentences: We have the plans to build this. Now, what do we have to do to get this off the ground?
Let's see if we can finally get this merger off the ground!

TO TAKE A CALCULATED RISK /tu; teɪk eɪ kælkyəˌleɪtɪd rɪsk/

30 Apr 2024


  • If you take a calculated risk, you take a chance, but you know exactly what will happen if you fail.
Example Sentences: Yes, it is possible we may lose this deal, but it is a calculated risk we are willing to take.
Mr. Gardner knows we're taking a calculated risk in this case, but he believes the rewards are too good to not take it.

TO MAKE A COLD CALL /tu; meɪk eɪ koʊld kɔl/

29 Apr 2024


  • To make a cold call is to make a sales call to a stranger.
Example Sentences: If you become an employee with our company, you will start in the sales department making cold calls.
The salesman looked in the phone book, started with A and just made cold calls all week until he got to the letter Z.

A KICKBACK /eɪ kɪkˌbæk/

28 Apr 2024


  • 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.

A COMPANY MAN /eɪ kʌmpəni mæn/

27 Apr 2024


  • A company man is an employee more loyal to the company than to other employees.
Example Sentences: It is unlikely Mr. Ross will let us leave early to lunch today. He is a company man.
Clean your desk! A company man is coming today for a surprise inspection.

IN SHORT SUPPLY /in ʃɔrt səˈplaɪ/

26 Apr 2024


  • If something is in short supply, then there is not very much of it available.
Example Sentences:Qualified persons are in short supply for this position.
As we are in short supply of pens, will somebody please go and order some more?

ACROSS THE BOARD /əˈkrɔs ðə bɔrd/

25 Apr 2024


  • If something is across the board, then everything or everyone is included in it.
Example Sentences:The director made an across the board decision to hire new managers.
We heard that when Mr. Jones returns, he will give salary increases across the board.

PAYMENT TERMS /pā′mənt tʉrmz/

24 Apr 2024


  • Conditions under which a seller will make a sale. Typically, these terms specify the period allowed to a buyer to pay off the amount due, and may demand cash in advance, cash on delivery, deferred payment period of 30 days or more, etc.
Example Sentences:According to our payment terms, invoices must be settled within 14 days.
We couldn’t accept their payment terms so we chose another supplier.

TECHNICAL SKILLS / tek′ni kəl skilz/

23 Apr 2024


  • Knowledge and proficiencies required in the accomplishment of engineering, scientific, or any specific task.
Example Sentences:What technical skills are required to perform this job?
In addition to having excellent technical skills, he also shows a great deal of innovation.

BOND /band/

22 Apr 2024


  • an official paper given by the government or a company to show that you have lent them money that they will pay back to you at an interest rate that does not change
Example Sentences:I invested some money in savings bonds.
When bank interest rates are low, government bonds are often the best investment option.

STAKEHOLDER /stāk′hōl′dər/

21 Apr 2024


  • Person, group, or organization that has direct or indirect stake in an organization because it can affect or be affected by the organization's actions, objectives, and policies. Key stakeholders in a business organization include creditors, customers, directors, employees, government (and its agencies), owners (shareholders), suppliers, unions, and the community from which the business draws its resources.
Example Sentences:As one of the major stakeholders in the company, we have three representatives on the board of directors.
Who is the biggest stakeholder in this company?

GOODS /go̵odz/

20 Apr 2024


  • Things we buy and sell that can be made or grown such as clothes, food and cars.
Example Sentences:What is the total value of the goods in this shipment?
The goods we ordered are currently in port awaiting clearance from customs.