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Business Word/Phrase of the Day

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BANKER’S DRAFT bæŋkərs dræft

07 Apr 2021


  • a written promise from a bank to pay money, especially to another bank.
Example Sentence: We require a banker's draft to secure the deal.

APPOINT əˈpɔɪnt

06 Apr 2021


  • to officially give somebody a job, task or responsibility.
Example Sentence: He was appointed as head of the investigation.

ALLIANCE əˈlaɪəns

05 Apr 2021


  • a group which is held together by an agreement, especially political or military.
Example Sentence: The UK and US formed a military alliance in Iraq.

ACQUISITION ækwəˈzɪʃən

04 Apr 2021


  • the process of getting or buying something, especially another business
Example Sentence: The company will pay $210 million in cash to complete the acquisition.

PLAY DOWN pleɪ daʊn

03 Apr 2021

Phrasal Verb

  • make appear less serious.
Example Sentence: The manager played down the seriousness of the situation.

LOOK UP lʊk ʌp

02 Apr 2021

Phrasal Verb

  • look good for the future.
Example Sentence: After years of poor performance, things are finally beginning to look up.

PUT DOWN pʊt daʊn

01 Apr 2021

Phrasal Verb

  • add.
Example Sentence: You can put my name down on the list.

LEVEL OFF lɛvəl ɔf

31 Mar 2021

Phrasal Verb

  • stop increasing.
Example Sentence: Prices levelled off in mid-June.

HAND OVER hænd oʊvər

30 Mar 2021

Phrasal Verb

  • give.
Example Sentence: He finally handed over the keys.


29 Mar 2021

Phrasal Verb

  • have good relationship.
Example Sentence: I don't get on with her. She isn't a very nice woman.


28 Mar 2021

Phrasal Verb

  • contact.
Example Sentence: I'll get on to the supplier to find out what the problem is.

GET BACK gɛt bæk

27 Mar 2021

Phrasal Verb

  • respond.
Example Sentence: I'll get back to you on Friday with an answer.


26 Mar 2021

Phrasal Verb

  • accept.
Example Sentence: Isn't it time you faced up to your responsibilities?

DRAG ON dræg ɒn

25 Mar 2021

Phrasal Verb

  • continue for a long time.
Example Sentence: The meeting really dragged on. I thought I was going to fall asleep!


24 Mar 2021

Phrasal Verb

  • reduce.
Example Sentence: We need to cut down on costs, if we want to survive.