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    Let's talk about business English idioms and what they mean.

    Here's the first one: a ballpark figure.

    Can you give us a ballpark figure? Can you give us an estimate?

    Here's another way to use "ballpark".

    Yes, that price is definitely in the ballpark. Let's set up a time to meet so that we can talk about this in more detail.

    ballpark - This refers to a baseball park. If a price, a number, or a quantity is "in the ballpark", it is within one's requirements.

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    I think it's about time we raised the bar around here.

    raise the bar - raise the standards for good work and acheivement

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    I once heard a telemarketing manager say, "Come on, people! Let's turn up the volume here."

    He meant let's start making more phone calls and making some sales.

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    I can't believe it. Joe really dropped the ball on the New Bridge Electronics deal. I thought it was a sure thing.

    drop the ball - be responsible for a failure, failed effort, or failed attempt

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    I'm accounts educated so I have one from this department for you.

    'Balance sheet'

    This is the statement containing list of assets, debts, liabilities, provisions, equity, capital etc.
    It also shows/indicates financial position of the business or trader.

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    bang for the buck

    MEANING:
    value for the money spent


    EXAMPLE:

    We were able to get a big bang for our buck when we advertised on the Internet.

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    "His handshake is like a wet jellyfish."
    He is weak and indecisive. He's not the type of person you can trust.


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    back-of-the-envelope calculations

    quick calculations; estimates using approximate numbers, instead of exact numbers

    Example: I don't need the exact numbers right now. Just give me some back-of-the-envelope calculations.

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    belt-tightening

    reduction of expenses

    Example: When worldwide demand for software decreased, Microsoft had to do some belt-tightening.

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    (to) compare apples to oranges

    to compare two unlike things; to make an invalid comparison

    Example: Comparing a night at EconoLodge with a night at the Four Seasons is like comparing apples to oranges. One is a budget motel, and the other is a luxury hotel.
    Note: You will also see the related expression "compare apples to apples" which means to compare two things of the same type. This means that you are making a valid comparison, as opposed to when you're comparing apples to oranges.

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