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15 Top Business English Idioms

15 Top Business English Idioms

15 Top Business English Idioms

Are you up to speed with the latest business English idioms? Here are some of the top English idioms that you could use in a business context. How many of them do you know?

Let’s get the ball rolling!


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1. To get something off the ground = To begin or launch something

To get something off the ground = To begin or launch something

  • I can’t wait to get this project off the ground!
  • I can’t wait to begin this project!

2. To get the ball rolling = To start, e.g. a meeting or debate

To get the ball rolling = To start, e.g. a meeting or debate

  • Let’s get the ball rolling.
  • Let’s start.

3. To think outside the box = To think in an original or left-field / lateral way

To think outside the box = To think in an original or left-field / lateral way

  • Try to think outside the box.
  • Try to think in an original or unique way.

4. In a nutshell = In short

In a nutshell = In short

  • In a nutshell, I just don’t feel that Martin is right for the position.
  • In short, I just don’t feel that Martin is right for the position.

5. ASAP = As soon as possible (acronym)

ASAP = As soon as possible (acronym)

  • I need that report ASAP!
  • I need that report as soon as possible.

6. To stand your ground = To have complete confidence in your position or idea

To stand your ground = To have complete confidence in your position or idea

  • If we stand our ground, they will sign the contract!
  • If we stick to our position, they will sign the contract!

7. The bottom line = The most important thing / the main priority

The bottom line = The most important thing / the main priority

  • ‘What’s the bottom line?’ ‘We must send the orders today!’
  • ‘What’s the most important thing?’ ‘We must send the orders today!’

8. The elephant in the room = The uncomfortable truth that nobody wants to acknowledge

The elephant in the room = The uncomfortable truth that nobody wants to acknowledge

  • The elephant in the room is that we know their sales forecasts!
  • The thing that nobody wants to mention is that we know their sales forecasts!

9. To corner the market = To become the leading seller of a product

To corner the market = To become the leading seller of a product

  • Since 2012 we have been able to corner the market in toothbrush holders.
  • Since 2012 we have been able to become the leading seller of toothbrush holders.

10. To climb the corporate ladder = To be focused on gaining promotion within a company

To climb the corporate ladder = To be focused on gaining promotion within a company

  • John only cares about climbing the corporate ladder.
  • John only cares about trying to get promoted.

11. To hit the glass ceiling = To reach an artificial  limit of promotion, usually due to race, or gender

To hit the glass ceiling = To reach an artificial limit of promotion, usually due to race, or gender

  • Alison feels she has hit the glass ceiling at work.
  • Alison feels she can’t be promoted at work any further, because she is a woman.

12. To be in the red = To be in debt / To be in the black = To be in profit or solvent

To be in the red = To be in debt / To be in the black = To be in profit or solvent

  • No, the company is still in the red, but it could be in the black next month.
  • No, the company is still in debt, but it could be in profit next month.

13. To get the sack = To lose your job

To get the sack = To lose your job

  • Billy got the sack yesterday.
  • Billy lost his job yesterday.

14. To throw in the towel = To quit

To throw in the towel = To quit

  • I’m just about ready to throw in the towel!
  • I’m just about ready to quit!

15. To go / get back to the drawing board = To start again

To go / get back to the drawing board = To start again

  • OK, let’s go back to the drawing board.
  • OK, let’s start again.

 

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Practice Passive Voice with the Story of Abraham and Isaac from Genesis

Practice Passive Voice with the Story of Abraham and Isaac from Genesis

Practice Passive Voice with the Story of Abraham and Isaac from Genesis

a) Read the story of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22:1-18.

b) Write each active sentence in passive voice (BE in the given tense + past participle).

In passive voice, the order of the subject and object is reversed, e.g.

Note: some of the sentences below cannot be changed, because the main verb is intransitive,
which means that there is no direct object following it.

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Practice Passive Voice with the Story of Abraham and Isaac from Genesis

Answers:

Practice Passive Voice with the Story of Abraham and Isaac from Genesis

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Reading Comprehension – How Much Money Do They Have?

Reading Comprehension – How Much Money Do They Have?

Reading Comprehension – How Much Money Do They Have?

Use only the following information to find the answers:

Tim has £3.47.
He gives £2 to
John, who already had £10.75.
Tim’s sister,
Clare, takes £20 out of the bank and gives half to Lisa.
Lisa spends £4.99 on a t-shirt and gives the rest back to Clare, who then lends £2.50
to
Jalal.
Jalal owes a pound to
his brother, so he gives him three quarters of that.
John gives £5.58 to
Keith, who needs it because he owes a fiver to Kathy.
She puts it with the 68p that she already has in her pocket, then withdraws £60 from
a cashpoint and gives a quarter of that to
Laurie, who spends a third and shares the
rest equally between her cousins, Jalal and
Ruby.

How much money does each person have now?

1. Tim has ________________________________________
2. John has ________________________________________
3. Clare has ________________________________________
4. Lisa has ________________________________________
5. Jalal has ________________________________________
6. Jalal’s brother has ________________________________________
7. Keith has ________________________________________
8. Kathy has ________________________________________
9. Laurie has ________________________________________
10. Ruby has ________________________________________

Answers:

1. Tim has £1.47. 2. John has £7.17. 3. Clare has £12.51. 4. Lisa doesn’t have any
money. 5. Jalal has £6.75. 6. Jalal’s brother has 75p. 7. Keith has 58p. 8. Kathy has
£50.68. 9. Laurie doesn’t have any money. 10. Ruby has £5.

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Practice English Prepositions: Jesus Walks on the Water

Practice English Prepositions: Jesus Walks on the Water

Practise English Prepositions: Jesus Walks on the Water

Read the account of Jesus walking on the water from Matthew 14:22-33. Choose the best preposition, or if you think that none of the options are correct, write your own preposition in the gap.

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Practise English Prepositions: Jesus Walks on the Water

Answers:

  1. into
  2. Answer not given. Correct answer: of
  3. up
  4. to
  5. Answer not given. Correct answer: in
  6. Answer not given. Correct answer: by
  7. of
  8. on
  9. Answer not given. Correct answer: out
  10. to
  11. Answer not given. Correct answer: down
  12. to
  13. Answer not given. Correct answer: out
  14. of
  15. Answer not given. Correct answer: into

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FREE Discussion Worksheet: Proverbs – Advice for Life 1

FREE Discussion Worksheet: Proverbs – Advice for Life 1

Have you got a problem? Something weighing you down? Have you tried looking in the book of Proverbs in the Bible for an answer?

Read the different problems below and match each one to advice given in a verse from Proverbs. Check any new vocabulary. Write out each verse in your notebook, then discuss each situation with a partner or small group. What would you do in each situation? How helpful do you think the advice from Proverbs would be today?

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FREE Discussion Worksheet: Proverbs – Advice for Life 1

Answers:

1. Proverbs 27:1
2. Proverbs 10:9
3. Proverbs 16:18
4. Proverbs 15:16
5. Proverbs 31:30
6. Proverbs 16:3
7. Proverbs 10:12
8. Proverbs 22:6
9. Proverbs 12:11
10. Proverbs 15:1

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150 Words which are both Verbs and Nouns

150 Words which are both Verbs and Nouns

150 Words which are both Verbs and Nouns:

150 Words which are both Verbs and Nouns

150 Words which are both Verbs and Nouns

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150 Words which are both Verbs and Nouns:

act
address
aim
answer
attack
balance
bear
benefit
blame
block
blow
broadcast
brush
buy
care
cause
claim
comfort
contrast
control
cook
copy
crack
crash
curl
curve
cut
cycle
design
dislike
display
doubt
drink
email
end
escape
estimate
exchange
excuse
experience
face
fight
film
finish
fish
flood
flow
fold
form
function
guess
guide
heat
help
hold
hope
humour
hurry
increase
influence
insult
interest
joke
judge
jump
kick
kiss
knock
land
laugh
lift
light
limit
link
look
love
march
mark
match
mind
name
need
notice
object
order
paint
place
plane
plant
play
post
process
promise
protest
question
race
rain
record
repair
reply
report
request
rescue
respect
result
return
ring
risk
roll
row
rule
sand
search
shape
shelter
shock
shop
show
sign
signal
silence
sketch
smile
smoke
sound
stamp
start
state
step
sting
stop
struggle
study
suit
supply
support
surprise
taste
test
trade
train
transport
trick
trust
turn
twist
type
use
value
visit

The Ultimate Tardigrade Quiz! - printable PDF worksheet

The Ultimate Tardigrade Quiz! – printable PDF worksheet

Check out our online tardigrade quiz here, or get the printable PDF worksheet version below.

Work with a partner or small group. Print this page onto card, cut up the cards, then lay them face down on a table and mix them up.

Take turns to draw one, read it out loud, and say whether the statement is TRUE, FALSE, or OPINION.

If you get it right, keep your card. The one with the most cards at the end is the winner! Or work alone and sort the cards into the three groups, then check the answers.

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The Ultimate Tardigrade Quiz! – printable PDF worksheet

How to Use Present Perfect in English (Video Class)

How to Use Present Perfect (Video Class)

How to Use Present Perfect (Video Class)

Find out how to use present perfect in English, and why we use it with this fabulous video from Emma Jakobi at mmmEnglish. Check out her website here. It’s delicious!

If you would like to learn more, why not check out the Purland Training guide to present perfect and present perfect continuous!