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Dazzle Your Work Colleagues With These 8 Business Related Idioms!


Dazzle Your Work Colleagues With These 8 Business Related Idioms!

Following on from our post about age related idioms, we thought that we would share some of our favorite business related business and work related colloquial phrases. As usual, these idioms are not only limited to the world of work but can also be used in a variety of different situations!

1. In a Nutshell

To summarise something briefly, for example:

  • “Just give me the facts in a nutshell!”

This idiom dates back to 77AD and was first used by Roman writer Pliny when describing a copy of Homer’s Iliad, claiming that it was in such a tiny hand that it could fit into the «shell of a nut. «

2. To be on the Same Page

To agree on something, for example:

  • Let’s go over the contract once more to make sure that we are on the same page.
The origins of this idiom are unclear, though some believe that it relates to choir singers having to be on the same page when they were singing. The Idiom first began being used around the late 1970s.

3. A no Brainer

Something that is very obvious or easy, for example:

  • Making money at an investment bank is a no brainer.

This idiom dates back to 1959, originally meaning to be easily won. However around 10 years later  the meaning shifted to it’s current definition.

4. By the Book

To do things according to the rules, for example:

  • The policeman does everything by the book.

The ‘book’ in question is likely to be the bible as the original definition meant ‘I swear it to be true.’ The earliest example of it’s current definition can be found in Edgar Allen Poe’s Murders in Rue Morgue from 1845: «To have a retentive memory, and to proceed by ‘the book’, are points commonly regarded as the sum total of good playing.»

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5. To Touch Base

To make contact with someone. For example:

  • I will touch base with you later on today.

This idiom most likely stems from baseball, as ‘touching’ each ‘base’ is a vital part of the game.

6. Cut Throat

Very intense or aggressive competition.

  • Competition in the food retailing business is cut throat.

7. Go the Extra Mile

Do more than what’s expected, for example:

        We go the extra mile to ensure our customers get the best shopping experience.


This idiom funnily enough dates all the way back to the bible: «And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.» According to Roman law, Roman soldiers could order a Jewish person to carry his pack for one mile. In this quote Jesus is asking his followers to go 2 miles instead of one.

8. See Something Through

Continue something until its finished, for example:

  • I want to see this project through before taking on another one.


I hope that you found this post helpful, if you have any questions leave a comment below!

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