🔋10 Business Idioms Commonly Used in the Workplace
There are many idioms used in the business World. If you don’t understand these expressions, it’s easy to get lost in a conversation. Below is a table of 10 most common idioms used at work.
# 1.💥 Call it a day
✍🏾To quit work and go home; to say that a day's work has been completed.
🔺E.g. “I'm tired. Let's call it a day.”
“The boss was mad because Bill called it a day at noon.”
#2.💥 Grey area (UK) / Gray area (US)
✍🏾Means something that is not clearly defined and needs careful judgement.
🔺E.g. “It exists in a grey area between legal and illegal.”
"It's a grey area isn't it?" (Meaning the speaker is talking about an unsure concept).
#3.💥 Back to the Drawing Board
✍🏾Means that a previously established plan isn't working and that it is time to re-plan.
🔺E.g. “My job interview went horribly! I have to go back to the drawing board.”
#4.💥 Big picture
✍🏾Means the overall perspective or objective, not the fine detail.
🔺E.g. “Although we all have all specific tasks to do, our leader makes sure we don't lose sight of the big picture.”
#5.💥 On the same page
✍🏾In broad agreement, or sharing a common general understanding or knowledge
🔺E.g. “I want to make sure we're all on the same page with this new project.”
💢Business Idioms Used in the Workplace
#6.💥 Read between the lines
✍🏾To infer a meaning that is not stated explicitly
🔺e.g. “If you read between the lines a little, you will realize that he has deeper motives”
#7.💥 See someone's point
✍🏾Means that you understand their reason for having a certain opinion, or for feeling a certain way.
🔺E.g. “Yes, I see your point. Let me double-check that and get back with you.”
#8.💥 Hit the nail on the head
✍🏾To identify something exactly; to arrive at exactly the right answer.
🔺E.g. “He hit the nail on the head when he said the problem was the thermostat”
#9.💥 Get the ball rolling
✍🏾To begin; to start some action; to set in motion.
🔺E.g. We really need to get the ball rolling on this project. The deadline is in October, and it's already September.
#10.💥 Thumbs Up
✍🏾Shows that someone or something is good, especially when it comes to a performance or action with good results.
🔺E.g. “That’s good. You deserve a big thumbs up for such a great presentation!”