(to) jump the gun
to start doing something too soon or ahead of everybody else
Example: The company jumped the gun by releasing a new product before the results of the consumer testing were in.
Origin: A runner "jumps the gun" if he or she starts running before the starter's pistol has been fired.
'bail a company out'
Sweetsugar Ltd is being bailed out by the government.
a cruel and aggressive world in which people just look out for themselves
Example: Your company fired you shortly after you had a heart attack? Well, it's certainly a dog-eat-dog world!
Origin: This expression dates back to the 1500's. Wild dogs were observed fighting aggressively over a piece of food. The connection was made that people, like dogs, often compete aggressively to get what they want.
(to) dot your i's and cross your t's
to be very careful; to pay attention to details
Example: When preparing financial statements, accuracy is very important. Be sure to dot your i's and cross your t's.
across the board
MEANING: including everyone or everything
The computer company decided to give the workers an across-the-board increase in their salary.
give someone the green light
MEANING: give permission to go ahead with a project
Our boss gave us the green light to begin work on the new sales promotion.
strike while the iron is hot
MEANING: take advantage of an opportunity
We decided to strike while the iron was hot and began to market the product around the time of the Olympics.
in black and white
MEANING: in writing
The company refused to deal with the customer's complaints until they saw them in black and white.