Business Idioms & Expression with Context and Quiz

Business Idioms & Expression with Context and Quiz 

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Context

Mr.Steven, the chief executive officer of one of the most trusted and reputed multinational company in Mumbai received a legal notice from the government yesterday about the growing debts of the company. He was nervous wreck (Click here!) for the fact that the company which made a killing in the whole market was now going down the drain.

A ballpark figure of loss which the company incurred in the last six months was almost $100 million”, said some of the reports by the company.

Mr.Robin, the right hand man of Steve, called up (Click here!) all the staff members and company investors for a meeting to brainstorm some ways, hoping to scale up (Click here!) the graph of growth of the company ASAP which was skyrocketing in debts and loans.

It was a no brainer that each staff member including Mr.Steven had to go an extra mile to keep the company up and running in the market. After the meeting got over, all went off to their home, but Mr.Steven went back in his office where he sat for the whole night going through all the files and documents.

He slept in his office only, wondering whether he and his members will be able to make it or the company which he has given everything to, will be lost down the line (Click here!).

Business Idioms list- with Idioms Quiz and Examples

Idiomatic Expression – Make a killing

business idioms make a killing

Meaning – To make a lot of money.

Examples

  • Jio made a killing even after giving free Internet for a whole year to all his customers.
  • Google made a killing on its launch of latest Smartphone.

Idiomatic Expression – down the drain

idiomatic expression down the drain

Meaning – destroyed or on the way to be lost or wasted.

Examples

  • No matter how hard you tried to win the match, a small mistake and everything goes down the drain.
  • The organization promised to help the poor and the needy, but now it seems to go down the drain.

Idiomatic Expression – A ballpark figure

idiomatic expression ballpark figure

Meaning – an estimated figure or amount of something.

Examples

  • I can give you a ballpark figure of what we made in the last six months, it was around $200,000.
  • A ballpark figure if I have to say, this building would be almost $25 million.

Idiomatic Expression – right hand man

idiomatic expression right hand man

Meaning – a helper or chief assistant.

Examples

  • His right hand man would be the last person you wanna ever meet.
  • I don’t know how he manages such a big multinational company without a right hand man.

Idiomatic Expression – brainstorm

idiomatic expression brainstorm

Meaning – To think about some new ideas, usually in a group to get some solution of a problem.

Examples

  • I was brainstorming if we could make some changes in the staff duty to get some positive results in the growth of the company.
  • We have to brainstorm some new ways to tackle these situations or we will have to start off (Click here!)again.

Idiomatic Expression – ASAP

idiomatic expression ASAP

Meaning – It is an acronym meaning as soon as possible.

Examples

  • We really need to take care of our environment ASAP before things get worse.
  • I really need to finish off this documentary ASAP before I get another reminder from my boss.

Idiomatic Expression – Skyrocketing

idiomatic expression skyrocket

Meaning – to increase rapidly.

Examples

  • Due to skyrocketing numbers of real time visiters, Emma upgraded her plan to premium.
  • She has seen her customers skyrocketing since she made some changes in the SEO and marketing strategies of her site.

Idiomatic Expression – No brainer

idiomatic expression no brainer

Meaning – something that is really easy and obvious.

Examples

  • It’s a no brainer that in order to achieve more, your need to work more.
  • I really don’t know why he waits for me every time to stop him from eating so much in front of others, it’s a no brainer.

Idiomatic Expression – Go an extra mile

extra mile

Meaning – to make more effort than is expected of you (usually to please someone).

Examples

  • My girlfriend often goes an extra mile for setting up (Click here!) my birthday party.
  • We really need to go an extra mile to compensate the losses we incurred till now.

Idiomatic Expression – Up and running

idiomatic expression up and running

Meaning – operating or functioning properly.

Examples

  • Though it took time, the mechanic got my washing machine up and running.
  • I can’t tell you how happy I am to see my company up and running in the whole market.

 

I am sure you would have learnt a lot from today’s business idioms article and added some of them to your English vocabulary. Make sure you complete our idioms exercise or idioms quiz down at the bottom of this page to practice these business idioms.

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Phrasal verbs list- Learn with phrasal verbs quiz

Phrasal verbs list- Learn with phrasal verbs quiz

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Context

After celebrating the Christmas Eve with the family and friends, Josh decided to have a party with all his friends during these holidays. He went to city club for booking up the whole place for 27th December but the manager of the club turned it down saying he has some legal notices not to book it till 31st of this month.

The adrenaline which was earlier scaling up right away (Click here!) started to dilute, and Josh came back. Robin, one his close friends, could not see him like this so he called up(Click here!) all his friends and decided to set it all up at his home.

Since everyone splashed out a lot in their recent days, it was not possible for just one person to hold the entire party at home so everyone decided to chip in $100 for the party. Everything was set up and all came spruced up to the event.

Everyone had a blast.

Some were hitting on girls while others were enjoying their Vodka.

“I don’t know how to thank you enough for always standing by me. Thank you Robin, nobody cares that much for a friend”, said Josh.

Robin, being a true friend, did not want to spoil this cloud-nine (Click here!)  moment so he just subsided his emotions and appreciating his friend for the thanks he moved for the other tequila.

Phrasal verbs list-Phrasal verb Quiz

Phrasal verb- turn it down

phrasal verbs list turn down

Meaning – to refuse

Examples –

  • Maria turned the proposal of going on a date with Joe.
  • He won’t come to the party because his dad turned down to go anywhere after 10 PM.

Phrasal verb- scale up

phrasal verbs list scale up

Meaning – increasing in intensity or number.

Examples –

  • The Internet has definitely scaled up the number of opportunities for the younger generation.
  • India is one of the leading countries that are scaling up in scientific and industrial development.

Phrasal verb- set up

phrasal verbs list set up

Meaning –  to organize

Examples –

  • The school reunion was set up by the present management authority and principal.
  • We decided to set up an awareness event at the city festival this December.

Phrasal verb- splash out

phrasal verbs list splash out

Meaning – To spend a lot on something

Examples –

  • She splashed out during her anniversary that she is still paying the bills now.
  • He splashed out on a Lamborghini.

Phrasal verb- chip in

phrasal verbs list chip in

Meaning – to contribute some share as a part of a joint activity.

Examples –

  • If we all chip in few bucks, we can donate some amount to the NGOs.
  • I can only get this work done only if everyone chips in.

Phrasal verb- spruce up

phrasal verbs list spruce up

Meaning – To smarten up

Examples –

  • Joe is all spruced up for his school farewell event.
  • There was not even a single guy who was properly spruced up during this fashion fest.

Phrasal verb – hit on.

phrasal verbs list hit on

Meaning – to flirt with someone.

Examples –

  • Emma told me that Ben was hitting on her at the party last night.
  • Don’t hit on her Jimmy, she already has a boyfriend.

Phrasal verb- stand by

phrasal verbs list stand by

Meaning – to support whenever needed.

Examples –

  • I am so thankful to my girlfriend Sara for always standing by my side.
  • Rob always stood by right people; he will definitely achieve success down the line for his goodness.

Slang- had a blast

phrasal verbs list had a blast

Meaning – to have a lot of fun

Examples –

  • Everyone had a blast during the fashion fest at the city club.
  • I am sure you would have loved the place, had you accompanied with us. We literally had a blast.

Hopefully you would have learnt a lot from today’s article and added some of these phrasal verbs from this small phrasal verbs list to your English vocabulary. Make sure you complete our phrasal verbs exercise or phrasal verbs quiz down at the bottom of this page.

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Merry Christmas to you all!

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Wait?

Wait?

I thought let’s break this habit today because it’s Christmas.

A very merry Christmas to you all.

I actually had to post the collocation article today but I shifted that to next Monday because I thought better to give it a break for a while and break this usual habit of posting the collocation article on Mondays. Hope you all are enjoying your day and so am I. So I didn’t wanna disturb you all but the regular blog posts because it comes only once a year, enjoy your day.

Before you just leave, lemme tell you about the recent moderation which our site has gone through.

Recently we had a small survey (I don’t know if you saw it because it was for three hours) live right here at our site. It had about 100 entries from people all around and basically it was for what could make our blog even better for each one of you.

After consideration of all submissions I personally saw each one of them and observed that most people were happy with the content and improving quite well but they complained that they are not able to practice.

Though I suggested some of the techniques which work quite well if you wanna permanent these idioms and phrases in your memory in the article: “How to learn English idioms and phrasal verbs?”, yet some people find that hard to do technique.

Since I don’t want even a single learner who doesn’t practice, I came up with the idea of a quiz after each blog (of course, wherever it is possible) and it will be there from the upcoming blog posts.

This is my Christmas present to you all. I hope you will love it.

Moreover if you would like to see how it would be, it is at last of this post Click here!.

Lemme know how it was.

Have fun, enjoy your day.

Merry Christmas once again.

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Phrasal verbs you should start using (Context + Quiz)

Phrasal verbs you should start using with context and quiz

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Context

It was a week ago when Steve was called up for a press conference in his home town for the recent award he got. Nobody thought it would happen, but the channels which were to telecast his interview and praise his achievements, criticized for using ugly statements to the reporters. Even there was a case filed against him which took everyone aback.

His personal lawyer Adam suggested him not to reply any of the outer statements or debates until the whole controversy blows over the whole internet and magazines for the fact it could increase his complications.

Steve was totally broken down by seeing the hate comments on his YouTube channel, Twitter or Facebook.

“I did not say anything bad just like this. There were some of the people who provoked me by saying rude comments about us and my family. I could not bear that, and it all drived me up the wall (Click here!) and it all happened”, said Steve to his wife Emma.

Emma being a devoted wife could not see his husband broken down like this; hence she decided to get away to Italy with her husband so that he can get some good vibes before starting off his new movie project down the line (Click here!).

Phrasal verb- call up

call up

Meaning – to phone someone.

Examples

  • Make sure you call me up before you leave for the party.
  • I was so pumped up (Click here!) for the event that I forgot to call you up and inform.

 

Phrasal verb- Take someone aback

taken aback

Meaning – To surprise someone.

Examples

  • The news of his grandfather’s death took me aback for a while.
  • The penalty in the very last seconds of the game totally took the audience aback.

 

Phrasal verb- Blow over

blow over

Meaning – When something blows over, it means it is forgotten.

Examples

  • It is better for John not to move out of his house until the whole situation blows over.
  • It is often seen in televisions these days that a heated debate blows over all the older headlines.

 

Phrasal verb- broken down

broken down

Meaning – extremely upset.

Examples

  • The lady was broken down as she heard the news of her uncle’s death in the car accident.
  • Joe broke down after his break up with Susan.

 

Phrasal verb- Get away

get away

Meaning – To go on a vacation.

Examples

  • Our team has been working so hard, so I decided to get away for a week to Hawaii.
  • It’s been almost a year when I got away to any place.

 

Phrasal verb- Start off

start off

Meaning – to begin something.

Examples

  • Make sure you have all the safety precautions before you start off the car race.
  • I was nervous wreck (Click here!) for my match in the league, but as it started off, I got confident.

 

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Improve your vocabulary with these idioms

Improve your vocabulary with these idioms.

Hey there,Welcome back to your home ‘Your English Vocabulary’- The place for every English learner who has struggled a lot in their English skills and want to improve their spoken English and vocabulary.

Context

Mrs. Watson (The class teacher) told a week ago that the school will be organizing a competition for acting and sports where there are going to be some big-shot personalities to judge and find out the real talent in us. I don’t know why, but when it comes to act and play, it is in my element.

For Joe (my close friend) it was definitely not an easy decision. He got nervous wreck (Click here!) fearing he might choke at the stage while performing. I encouraged him for a while, the next moment he was all ready, pumped up (Click here!) to take part in this competition.

Though I gave him much of the motivation so he takes part in the competition, but I really wanted that it should be his decision finally to perform at stage, so I asked him to sleep on it and then decide what he really wants to do.

I had to get to school earlier but since I slept in (Click here!), I got ready in few minutes, grabbed a bite to eat and reached the place.

The competition started and all performed as if they have been doing this for ages. Soon after the competition the results were announced which took us by surprise(surprised) when we heard that Joe won the competition. Though I did not win it, I was on cloud nine (Click here!) , maybe because one of my close friends has won it.

Idioms

Big-shot

big shot

Meaning

An important or famous person.

Example

  •  People making it to this award function are all big-shots.
  • You really don’t wanna mess with the director, he is a big-shot.

To be in one’s element

comfort

Meaning

It is used when you are completely comfortable doing something that comes very naturally.

Example

  • Doing cardio and stretches is in Ben’s element.
  • People don’t experience any adventure or fact when they try to be in their element.

Sleep on it

sleep on it

Meaning

It is used when you want the other person to think deeply about something and then give their final decision.

 Example

  • You are in anger now, sleep on it today and tell me your decision then.
  • I think you should sleep on it and then decide to quit or not, so you never regret it, after all not everyone gets to work here.

Note: It is said so because often times we react to someone/something in anger that we regret down the line. So there is a saying that if we sleep and then make a decision, it is in balanced state of mind because when something is important , making a decision after a good night sleep is a good decision.

Grab a bite to eat

grab a bite

Meaning

To get something to eat.

Example

  • Lemme grab something to eat and then we can go out.
  • Tony grabbed something to eat before office and went to his apartment right away (Click here!).

For ages

for ages

Meaning

From a long period of time.

Example

  • I have not tried basketball for ages.
  • I was surprised when a small kid performed at the event; it seemed he has been doing this for ages. 

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Did you sleep in?

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Context

It was 7 PM yesterday when my close friend Tom dropped by (Click here!) to see if I was doing well. He knew I was under the weather (Click here!) from a month and since I recovered, he insisted me to join a gym early in the morning as it would help me get well in shape as well as help my body function effectively.

Frankly speaking, I am nervous wreck (Click here!) when it comes to doing things early in the morning.

I don’t know why he is always so pumped up (Click here!) for going to the gym, maybe because he is a gym freak (someone who is obsesses with going to the gym), but exercising that too early in the morning is definitely not my thing.

I decided to wake up next day and do some gym before anything else but since it was Sunday and my clock didn’t alarmed, so I slept in and missed my first day of the gym.

I think you would have guessed what it means and how you can too use it in context.

If not, don’t worry.

Meaning

It is used when you overslept (sleep late in the morning).

 Examples
  •  I could not go the gym as I slept in.
  • Susan was so exhausted after so many meetings that she decided to sleep in the next day.
  • Ben missed his bus today because he slept in.

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Improve your vocabulary with these collocations

Improve your vocabulary with these collocations

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Context

Steve came to the house soon after the office lunch when his wife Emma told about the school reunion party the coming day. Emma was so pumped up (Click here!) for the celebration that she decided she would go with all new clothes and accessories. In hurry she gulped down the food leaving the leftovers in the fridge, took her credit card and they both left for the shopping.

Steve recently reaped the benefits of his hard work as a bonus of $2000 from the company, but it seemed all in vain (Click here!) as Emma was on a shopping spree. Steve, being a gentleman, though didn’t stop her from buying dresses but when Emma paid $5000 which was the asking price of the bangle drived him up the wall (Click here!) and he could not stay there anymore. He moved to the counter and asked the final price and checked out from the mall disappointed. Emma too, confused with what possibly could she have done, went back to her house.

Meanings
  • Gulped down – It means to eat food in a hurry like you have been hungry from ages (in a bad way).
  • Leftovers – The remaining food which can be eaten later.
  • Reaped the benefits – To gain benefits of something.
  • Shopping spree – To shop excessively, or buy a lot of things in an extravagant way.
  • Asking price – The price told by the shopkeeper that you can negotiate if you want.
Examples
  • It was just five minutes for the bus to arrive so he gulped down and ran out to the station.
  • I really wish people didn’t throw the leftovers and rather gave it to the needy ones.
  • He is reaping the benefits of his hard work as the CEO of the company.
  • People often go on a shopping spree during the wedding season.
  • I didn’t buy those hair clays as the asking price was really high to pay and the shopkeeper didn’t seem to negotiate.

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We need to clear things out…

Phrasal verbs or idioms?

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Context

Don’t get me wrong I know Friday is supposed to be an idiom post but, since I noticed some of people asking me about Wednesday’s post, I think it’s about time to clear things out. You might wanna ask?

What was wrong with Wednesday’s post?

Well, there was nothing wrong with it, but that post was to be published today since it was an idiom post. I could not back it up since the notification email was sent to many of the subscribers and deleting the post and posting a new one definitely not seemed the right choice to me. So I came up with this idea that I would rather write a post covering not just phrasal verbs or idioms, but both.

I am sure you will love it as it has both so keep backing up and learning.

Meanings

• About time – nearly time, high time.

• Clear things out – to explain or solve the misunderstanding or confusion.

• Back it up – reverse.

• Came up with – to suggest or think of an idea or plan.

• Back up – support.

 

Examples

• I think it’s about time I bought a new laptop.

• Ron needs to clear things out with his wife before his married life leads to divorce.

• You just can’t back things up when they reach to the extremities.

•Dwayne came up with this idea of holding a conference every Saturday for our company’s growth.

• My mother always backs me up with my dreams and ambitions.

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Don’t get angry now!

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Welcome back to your home ‘Your English Vocabulary’- The place for every English learner who has struggled a lot in their English skills and want to improve their spoken English and vocabulary.

Well… I guess you are improving your English vocabulary at a very nice pace which I think is quite commendable. So first I would like you to applaud for how much you learnt till now because it means a lot.

I know, it’s just the starting but we are doing quite well and if you keep going like this, you will definitely notice a high curve of improvement in your spoken English and vocabulary. So usually I like to first start off with the context, then the meaning and examples. But today I thought I should write about a particular emotion which I often face when people don’t like something about a situation or me.

You got me?

Yeah, you are right.

It’s anger.

So without further ado, let’s get down to the business and learn some of the idioms which convey this emotion ‘Anger or frustration’, so here are the anger idioms:

  • Get on someone’s nerve

Meaning: Irritate someone a lot that they come on the verge of anger.

Examples:

  • The kids get on her nerve at times.
  • Don’t mind John but your continuous speaking is getting on my nerves now.

 

  • Go ballistic

Meaning: To become very angry.

Examples:

  • Susan’s went ballistic when she came to know that her daughter Emma failed again.
  • My father went ballistic when he realized I am not attending the upcoming semester exams.

 

  • Drive someone up the wall

Meaning: It has a similar meaning to that of ‘get on someone’s nerve’. It means to irritate someone to an extent that they get on the verge of getting angry.

Examples:

  • It drives me up the wall when I hear fake excuses.
  • It drives me up the wall when people are busy in their cell phones during a conversation.

 

  • Fly off the handle/Fly into a rage

Meaning: To become suddenly angry.

Examples:

  • My boss flew into the rage when he learnt that I did not complete the report.
  • The class teacher flew off the handle seeing the whole class shouting and making noise.

 

  • Get your knickers in a twist

Meaning: When you get your knickers in a twist, it means you are angry, nervous or upset with the present situation.

Examples:

  • Don’t get your knickers in a twist; I will get the car repaired by tomorrow.
  • My boss got his knickers in a twist knowing the fact they incurred a loss of $50,000.

 

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