8 Business Idiom ‘ must haves’

Some people think that learning English is pure riddles when it comes to idioms.

It’s not true! It’s simply a matter of learning the correct idiom and where it is best used and at the right time. Here are eight business Idioms to help you navigate your way around the business board room. 


Game plan

A strategy or plan for achieving success

What is our game plan for dealing with our new competitor?

Get down to business

Stop making small talk and start talking about serious business topics

Now that everyone’s here, let’s get down to business and start with the presentation.

In the driver’s seat

To be in charge or in control of a situation

Being offered the position of managing director, I’ll soon be in the driver’s seat.

Learn the ropes

Learn the basics of something (e.g. a job)

I’m learning the ropes in my new position.


Something that is really obvious or easy

Making money working for an investment bank is a no-brainer.

On the same page

To be in agreement about something

Let’s go over the contract details once more to make sure we’re on the same page.

In a nutshell

Using as few words as possible

In a nutshell, we will run out of cash in three months time.

Get something off the ground

To start something (e.g. a project or a business)

Now that we have finished the planning phase, we’re eager the get the project off the ground.

Red tape

Official rules and processes that seem excessive and unnecessary

The new law is going to create a lot of red tape.

Put the cart before the horse

To do or think about things in the wrong order

Trying to find an investor without having a business plan is like putting the cart before the horse.

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