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Idiom of the Week - Click on your choice!
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The manager has a…….. of every aspect of our business. There is nothing he doesn't know.
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foot in the water
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finger in the pie
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his eyes on the price
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hand in the window
I was able to keep…….. during the severe economic conditions in our company.
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taking it on the chin
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off the top of my head
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my head above water
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saving face
I assured them that with regards to the after-sales service they could………………. on us.
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lean
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count
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stand
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trust
That man is……………, but he never likes to spend his money.
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cooking the books
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cut-rate
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in the whole
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loaded
The agent doesn't know yet that the contract has been terminated, so please ….....… the news gently.
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say
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break
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spread
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tell
There’s a lot of discussion about whether governments need to ............................ big businesses in the current economic crisis.
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bail out
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save up
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carry up
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hold on
After the fire the company was forced to sell most of their merchandise................
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in the long run.
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in black and white.
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at a loss
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by a long shot.
The company president received …………………from the contractor who wanted to get the building contract.
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a red cent
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a rain check
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a quick buck
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a kickback
……. when the Board of Director sees the figures from last month. We can't seem to reverse the downward trend in sales.
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The pigs will be driven through the village
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Heads will be sliced
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Heads will be cut
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Heads will roll
We need to get more ............................... by finding a way of getting our product seen on TV without investing even more money in advertising – does anyone have any good ideas?
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deal for the dollar
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bang for the buck
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light for the money
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kickbacks
Melanie Frank is the perfect person to handle this difficult negotiation – she’s really ................... and will fight for the best deal.
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hard-nosed
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hard-baked
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hard-cooked
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hair-toothed
I tried to speak to Frank this morning to apologise for what I said yesterday, but he just….....
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cut my losses
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cut corners
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cut me dead
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cut me down to size
After the excellent results, the CEO decided to give the employees an ........................... pay increase. Everyone was surprised, but naturally very pleased!
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even watering can
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across the board
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over the table
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up the wall
When her cheque....................., Sara was extremely embarrassed and immediately telephoned to apologise and promise immediate payment.
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bounced
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fell
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failed
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exploded
Given the tough economic times, there are a lot of changes ............................ for the car industry, including mass redundancies and factory shut downs.
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in the pipes
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in the works
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in the workline
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in the workings
After the terrible presentation he made to the Board of Directors, John is on the ................................ .
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shooting list
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cutting table
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chopping block
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way to the slaugtherhouse
Despite the recession, we’re doing a ......................in all of our products – our sales are even better than last year.
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roaring trade
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humming business
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booming sale
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sparkling business
Buildwell Construction Company’s bid for the new office block project was the cheapest by a .................... .
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big jump
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far throw
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long jump
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long shot
The developers of the new shopping mall tried to ……............ the local building inspector when it was clear that their application for a building permit was going to run into difficulties.
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buy out
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buy off
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buy on
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buy in
Everyone knows it's really ……............. who make the decisions in this company. The director does what he told.
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the men in black
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the guys behind the curtains
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the boys in the backroom
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the men beside others
The ................... will look over the figures from last month and tell us if they find any irregularities.
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pea counters
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lentil organisers
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bean counters
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file counters
Please keep me .......................... whilst I’m in New York – I need to know what’s happening back in the office!
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on the wire
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in the loop
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in the running
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on the ground
Complete this headline from Friday’s Washington Post…
Does a ................................... Persist in Politics? Kennedy's Withdrawal Illustrates a Double Standard, Some Say
 
By Anne E. Kornblut
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, January 23, 2009; Page A01
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stumbling block
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upper crust
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glass ceiling
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glass hurdle
I know we're losing money at present, but if we ……............... with quality, we will lose our hard-earned reputation.
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cut corners
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take the short cut
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go the short way
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go short
I ......................... at the airport and just got on the first available flight!
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chose lucky draw
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was running
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have chosen the lift
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took pot luck
When everything seems to be going wrong, she stays …......
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very friendly
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as a real lion
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in good shape
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as cool as a cucumber
With the way things are at present, many companies are facing a serious ....................................... - things like business trips and expatriate assignments are being cut or at least seriously looked at.
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budget crush
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budget block
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budget squeeze
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budget squash
The police sergeant called the officer  .......................................... after there were complaints about him drinking on the job.
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to talking
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to explanation
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to account
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to excuse
With all the personnel changes in the past year, it’s been hard to ............................who’s who in the company.
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keep track of
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be in the loop of
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hold the thread of
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stay in the running of
Can you complete the headline about the problems being faced by the American share market? US shares ____________
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pressed
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banged
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hammered
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nailed
A lot of smaller companies are going to go ......................................... because of the virus crisis – if there’s no rescue package for them!
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back down
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scratch throat
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heads down
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belly up
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