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Business English Idioms 1
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take the bull by the horns
To directly confront a problem or challenge.
I've been patient with Tom because he is my wife's cousin, but he does less work than anybody else we have. Today I'm going to take the bull by the horns and tell him he is fired.
lay it on the line
To be very direct.
I am fed up with George. He doesn't do half as much work as the others. So I called him in and laid it on the line. Either he starts doing his work like everybody else, or we fire him at the end of the month.
be on the same page
To have the same understanding about the situation or information.
Louisa said she called the meeting to make sure everybody's on the same page.
think outside the box
To be creative or non-traditional.
To approach a situation or problem in a new way.
shoot from the hip
To be very direct; express ideas without planning.
I certainly won't vote for that guy Smith. If the country gets in trouble, I am afraid he will shoot from the hip without taking time to think which means he will make matters worse.
see eye to eye
to agree about or have the same perspective on something.
No matter what we talk about, Jim and I see eye to eye on almost everything. In fact, there's little that we disagree about. Maybe that's why we are such good friends.
bend over backwards
To try very hard to please someone or to do something.
I know that David will help me, but he won't bend over backwards for me so I need you to give me an extra hand.
To change or cancel an agreement or an arrangement.
She backed out on her offer to help with the wedding planning.
give and take
Cooperation or compromise
meet someone halfway
Do you think we should meet halfway with this firm? We have some financial problems now.
cut the/a deal
To reach an agreement.
We cut a deal with Sony and now we handle all of their accounts in Jersey City.
water under the bridge
An issue or problem that is no longer of concern.
I fought with my brother once over a woman we both liked, but it's all water under the bridge now.
a win-win situation
A situation where everyone involved benefits or wins.
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