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    Default A report on business idioms

    Hello everyone!

    I'm an advanced English learner and I was made to prepare a report on the topic "business idioms", and then present it on the conference like a speech. Thus, I need some help in giving some exaples of business idioms that can be connected detween each other in a kind of lexical chain, so I could present it like a story. I would also be grateful if you could name some classes of idioms that contain the ones related to business.

    Thank you for helpfulness!

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    Default Re: A report on business idioms

    Some business expressions:

    Garbage in, garbage out.

    The boss isn't alway right, but s/he is always the boss.

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    Default Re: A report on business idioms

    Let us have some ball-park figures

    I will do some back of the envelope calculations

    Don't forget, it's a dog eat dog world out there.

    Well, we need to drum up extra business pretty soon or we'll be right up the spout.

    I have some concepts for creating a real buzz.

    You must keep your eyes on the prize. My gut tells me that the big boys are about to pull the plug on us.

    [and so on and on and on....]

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    Default Re: A report on business idioms

    Well thanks...but I've expected a different kind of advice...how can several idioms, thematically homogenous, be connected into one single story? I mean expressing a certain business situation with idioms only.

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    You do realize that once you use more than one idiom or metaphor in a row, you start to sound a little silly, right?

    I would pick a bunch of them that have to do with sports, then, or with war.

    This sounds a bit like a creative writing exercise. Try it and have fun with it.

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    Default Re: A report on business idioms

    It's not about looking silly. It's about showing how idioms, completely different at first sight, can compound a coherent story. But all right, I'll take that into account.

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    Well, you might as well "take the bull by the horns" and get at it. Then, when it's ready, you can send out a "trial balloon" to see what people think. If it seems to be working, you can "send it up the flagpole to see who salutes." I'm sure we'll enjoy reading it.

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    Default Re: A report on business idioms

    An "orphan" has many different definitions in the business world:

    In printing: the last word in a paragraph that creates a new line containing one word only. Printers don't like that and will ask the writer to change the wording.

    In pharmecuticals - one medicine that is not tied to another line, so it can't piggy-back on the success of other like medicines.

    In grocery markets - those cans or other stock items left on the shelf in the wrong place. So you will see a head of lettuce on the soup shelf. Items have to be restocked.

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    Default Re: A report on business idioms

    Oh, great, that's getting closer Thanks, still waiting for new info...

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