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London School of Business English:  Idioms that you have to learn

by Mike Davies

Business English Tutor at Unique LT

We know that Business English deserves its own special course because of the amount of expressions, idioms and vocabulary that arise from it.  We cannot go through all the idioms available to professionals here, but we will take a look at a few that are popular currently as well as giving an example of how they are used.  

 

TO BAIL OUT (A COMPANY)

Traditionally, you bail out somebody who has been put in jail on suspicion of committing a crime, but now it's been extended to helping out a company which has fallen on hard times.

"The bank had to be bailed out by the Government to the tune of £300m."

 

TO GET A RAISE

This is an idiom that is not heard that frequently any more, and refers to getting more money in your work.

"I managed to get a raise after years of hard work."

 

GO PUBLIC

This is the act of putting a private company onto the stock exchange and selling shares in it.

"Royal Mail will no doubt go public before the end of the year."

 

IN THE LOOP

If you are in the loop, it is a good thing because you are being kept up to date with the latest developments.

"I am being kept in the loop about the whole situation."

 

SELL LIKE HOT CAKES

A bit of a cliche now, as in it is not heard too frequently.  It means that a product is selling extremely well.

"The new iPhone is expected to sell like hot cakes."

 

GO OVER THE BOOKS (WITH A FINE TOOTHCOMB)

This is when you look over the accounts of a business to make sure everything is perfect.  "With a fine toothcomb" tends to be added to the idiom for extra emphasis.  

"They are going over the books with a fine toothcomb to find out where the problem lies."

 

 

This list is by no means exhaustive as there are many idioms and expressions in Business English, but I hope that they have helped you to gain a slightly better understanding of English.  

 

 

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