Business Word/Phrase of the Day

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CLEAR UP klɪər ʌp

02 Jan 2019

Phrasal Verb

  • tidy.
Example Sentence: They helped to clear up after the party.

CATCH UP kætʃ ʌp

01 Jan 2019

Phrasal Verb

  • reach same point.
Example Sentence: I've been on holiday and need to catch up with the latest developments.

BUILD UP bɪld ʌp

31 Dec 2018

Phrasal Verb

  • increase.
Example Sentence: There were big delays as traffic built up on the roads into the city.

BRING FORWARD brɪŋ fɔrwərd

30 Dec 2018

Phrasal Verb

  • make earlier.
Example Sentence: The book's publication date has been brought forward.

BREAK UP breɪk ʌp

29 Dec 2018

Phrasal Verb

  • collapse.
Example Sentence: He may break up under all the stress.

BREAK INTO breɪk ɪntu

28 Dec 2018

Phrasal Verb

  • enter
Example Sentence: American banks are starting to break into the British finance market.

BREAK DOWN breɪk daʊn

27 Dec 2018

Phrasal Verb

  • stop working.
Example Sentence: The photocopier has broken down again.

BACK UP bæk ʌp

26 Dec 2018

Phrasal Verb

  • support.
Example Sentence: His claims are backed up by recent research.

BACK OUT bæk aʊt

25 Dec 2018

Phrasal Verb

  • leave the negotiation.
Example Sentence: They backed out of the deal at the last minute.

ACCOUNT FOR əˈkaʊnt fɔr

24 Dec 2018

Phrasal Verb

  • explain.
Example Sentence: She was unable to account for over $5000.

UNDERCUT ʌndərˈkʌt

23 Dec 2018


  • to charge less than a competitor.
Example Sentence: They have reduced their price to undercut their rivals.


22 Dec 2018


  • to successfully make a business agreement.
Example Sentence: After hours of negotiating, they managed to strike a deal.


21 Dec 2018


  • an aggressive attempt by a company to buy control of another company.
Example Sentence: Their French rival has launched a hostile takeover bid.

HARD-SELL hɑrd sɛl

20 Dec 2018


  • (of selling or advertising) aggressive and forceful .
Example Sentence: He tried to defend the hard-sell tactics used to entice customers.

COLLABORATE kəˈlæbəˌreɪt

19 Dec 2018


  • to work with somebody on a project or task.
Example Sentence: The two companies will collaborate to develop, produce and sell computers.