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The 14 Business English Idioms YOU MUST KNOW | Business English Vocabulary

The 14 Business English Idioms YOU MUST KNOW | Business English Vocabulary


(lively music) – Hello everyone and welcome
back to English with Lucy. Today I’m going to teach you loads of really, really
important business idioms but you’ll be able to
use them both at home and in a work environment. Quickly before I get started I would just like to thank
the sponsor of today’s video. It is Lingoda. If you haven’t heard me
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link in the description box and use my code on screen now to get a 50 euro or $50 discount. Right, let’s get on with the lesson. Number one. To learn the ropes. To learn the ropes. To learn the ropes is to learn the basics of how something is done. For example, you’ll be fine
once you learn the ropes. You’ll fine once you learn
how everything’s done here. It’s something you might
say to a new employee. Number two. In a nutshell. In a nutshell. In a nutshell means in summary or in as few words as possible. For example, in a nutshell, the conference was about synergy. Number three, the big picture. The big picture. The big picture means the
overall view of something or the situation as a whole. For example, if you
look at the big picture, the campaign actually works quite well. I’m saying the big picture because I’m avoiding minor details, maybe there were a few problems but in general, it’s all right. Number four, to go back
to the drawing board. To go back to the drawing board. This means to start over or to go back to the first
stage of a project or process. For example, the boss hates it. We have to go back to the drawing board. Number five. Very similar to number four,
to go back to square one. Again, this means to start over or to go back to the first
stage of a process or project. For example, I didn’t save my document, so now I’m back to square one. Number six, to go the extra mile. This is what you should be
doing with your English studies. To go the extra mile. This means to give more effort or to do more than is expected of you. For example, Sharon got promoted because she always goes the extra mile in preparation for meetings. Number seven, to call it a day. To call it a day. This means to stop working on something. For example, I can’t look
at another spreadsheet, so I’m going to call it a day. Number eight, a long shot, a long shot. A long shot is something that has a very small chance
of happening or succeeding. For example, it’s a long
shot but I’m going to apply for a higher position. Number nine, by the book. By the book. This means according to
the rules, policies or law. For example, Matt insists
on doing everything by the book. It is so annoying. Comment below with we
hate Matt if you agree. Arg, Matt. Number 10. To pencil something in. To pencil something in. This means to make provisional plans. For example, I’ll pencil
you in for 9 a.m., just in case you’re free. I’m writing it in pencil, not in pen because it’s not 100% confirmed yet. Number 11, in the works. In the works. This means in development or coming soon. For example, we’re very
excited about the new product we’ve got in the works. Number 12, to drive a hard bargain. To drive a hard bargain. This means to negotiate effectively. For example, I can’t
believe they agreed to it. You sure do drive a hard bargain. Number 13, on the same page. On the same page. This means looking at
things in the same way. For example, I’m so glad
we’re on the same page about the redundancies. And number 14, the idiom
that we never want to hear, to get the sack, to get the sack. This means to get fired. For example, if I catch you
eating my sandwiches again, you will get the sack. Right, that’s it for today’s lesson. I hope you learned something, I hope you enjoyed it. Your homework for today is to research three more business English idioms and write them in sentences
in the comment section. Don’t forget to check out Lingoda and their new Business English course. The link is in the description box and you can use my code on screen now to get a 50 euro or $50 discount. Don’t forget to connect with me on all of my social media. I’ve got my Facebook, my
Instagram and my Twitter and I will see you soon
for another lesson. Mwah. Arg. (laughing)
(beeping) If you haven’t heard me
mention Lingoda before, it’s an online language academy which offers 24/7 classes with naked. (dramatic music)
(playful music) Native, native teacher, not naked teachers. Oh my God. Okay. If bing, binglish, binglish. (beeping)
(mumbling) All right, that’s it for today’s. What am I saying? That’s it for today’s lesson, I hope you enjoyed it,
I hurt you, I hurt you. I hurt you. (laughing) Freudian slip? Subconscious, subliminal message? I don’t know, I don’t know. Your homework for today is to research three more
business English idioms. (mumbling) (lively music)

Comments (100)

  1. To cut corners
    This idiom means to do a bad job in order to save money or time
    For example : Don't cut corners and do you homework well.
    I have never cut corners in my work. I do work with flying colors. My job is my bread and butter so it is my everything.
    My bread and butter is also an idiom which means my job (how I get money and earn living)
    To think outside the box
    This idiom means to think creatively which turns out with a helpful thought and a crazy idea.
    For example : Batool thinks outside the box so she is creative . She always comes up with ideas for new projects.
    Better laTe thAn neVer!
    This idioms means we better come than we never do.
    A: Why are you late?
    B: BeTTer late than never!
    A: I just forgive you because we are in need of you these days, otherwise, you would get the sack .

  2. Good evening, Lucy, again! As I understood the idiom " be on the same page" is similar to some extent to
    "see eye to eye"? Am I right? Thanks a lot.

  3. Lucy , Could you please create more phrasal verbs videos ?
    Really,there are incredibly useful.
    You explain them with flying colours .

  4. Lucy.. you were looking beautiful as rose in today's lesson. Really! God bless u. One more thing I'll add here that you're not just a pretty face.

  5. Why are you so beautiful

  6. Great and amazing video. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. I love your accent and way of teaching, let me say you're the best 🌹🌷🌺⚘👍

  7. I'd like to hear more words about business

  8. It would be more useful for us to see the description of the topic of this video, than advertising cosmetics under it.

  9. More Business English please!!! 🙂

  10. this video solves my educational probs

  11. In next lessons sing a song, Aankhe khuli ho ya band deedar unka hota hai… 😫🙏🙏💓 lucy

  12. what is the difference between "made of" and "made from" ??

  13. This lesson is very helpful for me

  14. Thank you very much lucy I am from pakistan

  15. Very good video, specially its end, hahahah, very funny and nice too. Congrats.

  16. 1) You shouldn't be that nervous about your performance, even though there is a lot at stake.
    2) Oh, Lucy, you are not late today! It is such a pleasant surprise! You caught me off guard!
    3) Some of my classmates are diamonds in the rough. If they study hard, they'll achieve great success.

  17. I like your goodbyes. Excelent kit for business idioms. Thanks

  18. I don't understand with Had,Has,and have how to use in english, lucy?

  19. a tough break – When something unfortunate happens, it can be called a "tough break."
    #When she quit our company it was a tough break for us.
    at stake – "At stake" means at risk.
    #I'm a little nervous about giving this presentation. There's a lot at stake.
    backroom deal – A "backroom deal" is an agreement or decision that is made without the public knowing about it.
    #I think they got the government contract because of a backroom deal.

  20. If someone apart from me watches Mr Nightmare's horror stories as well to learn english probably heard of "I call it a day".For those who read this i highly recommend him for watch too.

  21. go down the drain = something is wasted or lost. ex: All our efforts in entering this new market went down the drain.
    rock the boat= to do something that will upset people. ex: don't rock the boat until the negotiations are finished.
    see eye to aye= agree with somebody. ex: my boss doesn't see eye to eye with me about the market compaign

  22. I wish you could come to Argentina and be my teacher for a day lmao i love you i always write down the vocabulary that is new to me and try to use them properly in my daily life haha. Te quiero, sos genial Lucy. Te he estado viendo por años ya y no me arrepiento. I would like to share with you that next month I'll be having my final English exam and I'll will have finished the English course AAAAH i'm so excited and happy. ♡

  23. The End of video is amazing!
    hahahahaha…. 😀 😛

  24. Mariah Carey? Is that you? =D

  25. 1.- The corner store is opened 24/7
    2.- I have to finish this sheet ASAP
    3.- We have to do this behind my manager's back

    Thank you ✨

  26. Can't believe you can rotate one of your eyes…

  27. 日本語も話すことが出来るのですか?

  28. I'm gonna create an account in Lingoda, I don't really care about learning I just want to see the naked teachers

  29. My homework:
    From day one- This means since the beginning. You often hear the phrase from day one at workplaces to state that some thing that has been true right from the very first day a project or business began. For example- I hope management realizes that our dead lines are really tight. We need to hire more people immediately because we have been short handed from day one.
    2)To bring to the table – this means to bring something beneficial or useful ( skills , ideas , techniques etc.) to a job or business project. 3. Learning curve- it is used to describe the progress someone has to make in learning a new skill set.4. To get of the ground means to start a project after much discussing and planning.

  30. Your videos mean a lot to me. 😍😘

  31. I'm shebin from India .I'm only 14.

  32. Your presentation skills are amazing

  33. LOL "It's better to make people have fun expecting that they learn something, then try to teach them something expecting that they have fun." (Walt Disney)

  34. Must be careful, it is ‚to get the sack‘ not ‚to hit the sack‘ ….😀

  35. Thank you very much, because you help me a lot for my accent (I am learning English and yours is very good !) Sorry if I did mistakes…

  36. You may have already covered this in another video, but a pet peeve of mine is when people use 'loose' when they mean 'lose'.

  37. 6:14 Naked Teacher??😂😂

  38. Hello Lucy!I am from Greece and as I have been told many times,I can speak English really well,but my accent,is not the best.It is not so Greek but not so English.I mean it’s like fifty-fifty.Can you help me with this?I want to have perfect English accent

  39. I understood NAKED english teacher at the and correct me if I wrong. Remember that Im a non english speaker. Id like to see you Lucy giving to me class in that way. Marry me.

  40. you are so pretty that I can't focus on study.

  41. Hey there,Lucy I hate ya so much!!!You never answer my question.Frigging gutted.

  42. "Long story short" aka "to cut a long story short" 😉

  43. Could you please make a video about when to use preterit and when to use past continious

  44. Keep one’s eyes on the ball-Due to the decline of the company’s profit, the boss surely will keep his eyes on the ball
    No brainer- The success of the project is no brainer
    Ballpark number/figure- the manager got the sack for giving a ballpark number
    Ahead of the pack-I’m going the extra mile to be ahead of the pack

  45. Lucy character more exciting

  46. THAT'S always cool

  47. thanks a lot my greater teacher

  48. Idioms :
    1. I really feel under the weather today!
    2. Long story short,I have to study a lot.
    3. Everyone was silent : there was an elephant in the room.
    4. You'd better lift the bar,if you want to get good grades at school.
    5. I will always support you through thick and thin.

  49. Uh r precious beautifull mam

  50. Now everyone hates MATT!!

  51. ✍️Stop scrolling through fb… GetDownToBusiness man…
    ✍️ I'm a rookie… So I have 2 go through a deep LearningCurve…
    ✍️ The app looks gr8… The team BehindThScenes worked really hard…

  52. I want to live class, I am from India

  53. Business? In the USA we use those in everyday conversation…

  54. 2:19 Koreans use this many times

  55. She's the best teacher in the world and she has that beautiful british accent u will never feel bored watching his videos she's the best really ❤️

  56. 2. – praise Kurzgesagt!

  57. https://youtu.be/v2gkLduWWOo

  58. when you were saying the 4th example, I foresaw the 5th one 🙂

  59. 1.To learn the ropes=To learn the basics of how something is done e.g you'll be fine once you learn the ropes=how something is done here.
    2.In a Nutshell=In a summary or in as few words as possible e.g in a nutshell,the conference was about synergy.
    3.The Big Picture=The overall rule of something or the situation as a whole e.g if you look at the big picture, the campaign actually works well.
    4.To go back to the drawing board=To start over or go back to the first stage of a project or process e.g the boss hates it we have to go back to the drawing board.
    5.To go back to square one=To start over or go back to the first stage of a process or project e.g i didn't save my document, so now i'm back to square one.
    6.To go the extra mile=To give more effort or do more than is expected of you e.g Sharon got promoted because she always goes the extra mile in preparation for meetings.
    7.To call it a day=To stop working on something e.g I can't look at another spreadsheet, so i'm going to call it a day.
    8.A long shoot=A long shot is something that has a small chance of happening or succeeding e.g it's a long shot but i'm going to apply for a higher position.
    9.By the book=According to the rules, polices, or law e.g matt insists on doing everything by the book it is so annoying.
    10.To pencil something in=To make provisional plans e.g i'll pencil in you for 9am, just in case you're free.
    11.In the works=In development or coming soon e.g we're very excited about the new product we've got in the works.
    12.To drive a hard bargain=To negotiate effectively e.g i can't believe they agreed to it! You sure do drive a hard bargain.
    13.On the same page=Looking at things in the same way e.g I'm so glad we're on the same page about the redundancies.
    14.To get the sack=To get fired e.g if i catch you eating my sandwiches again, you will get the sack!

  60. I hate Matt, you are so annoying !!!by the way, i am french and i am 11 years old😁love tou lucy🤩🤩🤩😘😘😘😍😍😍

  61. Don't call me an idiom!

  62. my parents r south african indian ppl n they use the exact idioms no joke

  63. i HATE math, butt love science the best thing is learning about the honeys and the bees 😂XD

  64. Hii I'm from India🇮🇳
    I loves your channel and your skill what is your thoughts…

  65. madam you know Mr. Ali sir

  66. with naked teacher

  67. Thanks Luce…. Be happy

  68. My two cent-  a little advice from my side.
    eg- My two cent , I think that the marketing should be done at global level to attract investors all around the world.
    Put your money where your mouth is- to show by your actions and nnot words that you believe.

  69. ur teach so bad u r so faster lucy u talking with british native not with us

  70. I like the Lucy dance at the end of the video. It is absolutely stunning. By the way, what is the name of this wonderful song on which you dance at the end?. It is really soothing to the ears

  71. I liked your vlog it helps me a lot…… Please can you help me with a video with some polite words because in office my polite words sounds rude…. It might because I pronounce it incorrectly please do help me

  72. Well Lucy in this situation i need to go back to the drawing board because my Business English absolutely sucks!

  73. Please talk a little bit slower. 🙂 i cant catch you sometimes. İt was incredible how fast you are talking at the end of the video 🤣

  74. We hate Matt ugggh Matt

  75. My mentor…I'm your staunch follower…

  76. we hate matt,uggghh matt!!!!!!

  77. Picnic (problem in chair, not in computer)

  78. Sister, I have been following British English with you, but I have one thing to know, when someone says, how do you do? What to reply

  79. 6:12 damn I cant get over this 🤣🤣

  80. Рассказываю, как легко начать каждый день до 75 долларов на свою банковскую карту. Смотрите вuдео на моём канале

  81. Good English vedio lessons! i really love it.thanks alot…..

  82. Hi Matt! I do the same! 😁

  83. Thanks so much Lucy! I always doubt if expression 13 (to be on the same page) can also be understood as sharing the same background information (then the sentence “I want to make sure we’re on the same page before going on” would mean I want to make sure you have the same basic information that I have before proceeding with my explanation). I’ve had this discussion with other non native colleagues several times since I have detected that it is frequent (at least in Spain) to use the expression with the second meaning intended

  84. Oh! These idioms are so simple we have to learn lots of idioms to qualify SSC CGL. If you see its paper …….

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