Captain of industry
Across the board
MEANING: including everyone or everything
The computer company decided to give the workers an across-the-board increase in their salary.
At a loss
MEANING: sell something and lose money
We were forced to sell the computers at a big loss.
Bail a company out
MEANING: help or rescue a company with financial problems.
The government decided to bail out the failing bank in order to maintain stability in the economy.
ball park figure/estimate
MEANING: a rough estimate or figure
The contractor gave us a ball park figure for the cost of repairing the new building.
Bang for the buck
MEANING: value for the money spent
We were able to get a big bang for our buck when we advertised on the Internet.
MEANING: short work hours
My sisterís husband owns his own company and is able to work bankerís hours with his large staff.
MEANING: an accountant
We asked the bean-counters to look over the figures in the new budget.
MEANING: an important person, a leader
The new director was a big wheel in his previous company but is not so important now.
bottom fall out/drop out
MEANING: to fall below an earlier lowest price
When the bottom fell out of the coffee market many companies had to stop doing business.
MEANING: the total, the final figure on a balance sheet
When they examined the bottom line of the company they decided not to invest in it.
MEANING: reach the lowest or worst point of something
The value of the stock has begun to bottom out and should soon begin to increase in value.
boys/men in the backroom
MEANING: a group of men making decisions behind the scenes
The boys in the backroom told us that we must close down the factory as soon as possible.
MEANING: have expenses equal to profits
After only three months the company was able to break even and start making profits.
MEANING: a situation where there is not enough money in the budget
We have been going through a severe budget squeeze at our company and must begin to stop spending money in a wasteful manner.
MEANING: use a gift or money to divert someone from their duty or purpose
The land developer tried to buy off the politician but he was not successful.
MEANING: buy the ownership or a decisive share of something
The company was bought out by another large company in the textile industry.
By a long shot
MEANING: by a big difference, by far
The soap company was able to beat out the bids of the other companies by a long shot.
MEANING: an action that may fail but has a good chance to succeed
They took a calculated risk when they introduced the new computer screen onto the market.
captain of industry
MEANING: a top corporation officer
The president of our company was a captain of industry and after he retired he was appointed to many government boards.
MEANING: save for another time
We were forced to carry over the sale to the Monday after the national holiday.
MEANING: transfer (a figure) from one column or book to another
Our company is still facing difficult times and we will have to carry over last yearís losses to this year.
Carry the day
MEANING: win completely
The presidentís new idea carried the day and everyone supported him energetically.
MEANING: put into action
The steel company carried through their plan to restructure all of their operations.
MEANING: sell the whole of something, sell all the goods
They decided to close out the store and sell all of the remaining stock very cheap.
Close the books
MEANING: stop taking orders, end a bookkeeping period
They usually close the books at the end of February every year.
MEANING: call a potential customer from a list of persons one has never seen
When he first started to work at his company he was asked to make cold calls using the telephone book.
Come on strong
MEANING: overwhelm with excessively strong language or personality
The salesman came on too strong at the meeting and angered the other members of the team.
MEANING: a person who always works hard and agrees with his employees
My father was a true company man and was always putting in an extra effort for his company.
MEANING: a town dominated by one industry or company
When the coal mine closed down the company town faced severe economic times.
MEANING: use fewer or use less
The company has been cutting back on entertainment expenses for over a year now.
We have been forced to economize on stationary expenses during these severe economic times.
MEANING: interrupt or stop
The speech of the president was cut off when the electricity went off in the building.
cut oneís losses
MEANING: do something to stop losing money or something
We should sell the old machinery as soon as possible and try and cut our losses.
Deliver the goods
MEANING: succeed in doing well what is expected
The new owner of the company is not very popular but he is able to deliver the goods.
MEANING: check something again to confirm
We were unable to double-check the costs of the new products before the price list was printed.
MEANING: the official worth or trust of something
Although the face value of the postage stamp was very low it sold at the auction for much money.
MEANING: justice, equal and right action to someone
The company is very good to work for as they always use fair play when they are bargaining with their employees.
MEANING: find an answer by thinking about something
Everyone in our company is trying to figure out what our boss is going to do with the new equipment.
Fill the bill
MEANING: be just what is needed
That new machine should fill the bill as to what we need to finish the job.
Finger in the pie
MEANING: involved in what is happening, receiving money for something
The new manager has his finger in the pie in all aspects of our companyís business.
MEANING: go forward, make progress
Our company has been gaining ground in our attempt to be the best in the industry.
Get a break
MEANING: get an opportunity or good deal
We were able to get a break on the price of the paint and saved a lot of money.
Get off the ground
MEANING: make a successful beginning, go ahead
We were unable to get the new product off the ground and will have to wait until next year.
Date: 2015-12-11; view: 923