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Business Expressions and Idioms – Talking about Business Success
Here are some examples of idioms and expressions that you will sometimes hear when people are talking about success in business.
– to do better than one has done before
Examples: Verizon Wireless had a record-breaking first quarter. The sales were the highest in the company’s history.
Pan out – to have a good result
Example: Wells Fargo encouraged its employees to open new accounts and it panned out. Four hundred new accounts were opened last month!
A pat on the back – words of gratitude or encouragement
Example: The boss gave Rodrigo a pat on the back for his hard work last month.
– compliments for a job well done
Example: Kudos to the employees of Bank of China for bringing in a lot of new customers.
Through the roof
– very high amounts
Example: The number of sales of the new Apple IPhones are through the roof! The number of phone bought is much higher than we expected.
Share the credit
– to mention that you had help from colleagues
Example: Thank you for the pat on the back! But I want to share the credit with my colleagues who worked with me on this project.
Make a killing
– making a lot of money
Example: I bought stock in AT&T when the price was low, and I made a killing. The price is very high now.
– when expenses are equal to profits
Example: We had a lot of expenses in our first year in business, so we just broke even. Next year, we will make a profit.
To have the lion’s share
– to have the largest share in the market
Example: Chevron Corporation has the lion’s share of service contracts in the oil and gas industry.
Hit pay dirt – make money
Example: After breaking even for three years in a row, we finally hit pay dirt in 2016 and made very high profits.
Students, practice using these idioms and expressions so that you will become more fluent in American English. Good luck!
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