Cut throat When something or someone is very intense or competitive we say that it is ‘cut throat’. There are not many jobs at The Circle. Because everyone want’s to work there, the competition is cut throat during the application process.
Get on the good side of someone To be liked by another person. (The good side = friendly with someone) Ask Martha to contact Beth. She’s got on Beth’s good side and he will be likely to say ‘yes’ if she asks.
Catch someone off guard To surprise someone with a question or action. (This could be negative or positive.) When you answered the client's questions, you caught me off guard. I thought you understood I would handle that part of the negotiations. Oh! I didn’t expect you to come into work today, you caught me [...]
Go the extra mile While many countries use kilometers, this expression is still alive and well in the English language. To go the extra mile means to be willing to work extra to get a job done. She went the extra mile and personally made sure that my insurance claim was handled correctly.
to get the ball rolling = to start something, for example: a project or meeting Examples: Now that we are all here, I’ll get the ball rolling. Everything was slow to start until Jill joined the team. She really got the ball rolling and motivated everyone to work harder. Every week we add a [...]
to call it a day = to finish work We’ve been working for 14 hours. Let’s call it a day. On Fridays we usually call it a day early. Every week we add a business phrase to help you expand your knowledge.
to go through the roof = to increase very quickly or to react with extreme emotion Petrol prices have gone through the roof this week. When I told them I was leaving the company, they went through the roof. (got angry) Every week we add a business phrase to help you [...]
by the book = to follow the rules exactly The accounts have to do everything by the book because we are audited every second year. He’s very creative. However, he doesn’t always do things by the book. Every week we add a business phrase to help you expand your knowledge.