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.
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.
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.