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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Business - Work

(Idioms, page 11 :  trade secret  → have your work cut out )

trade secret This term refers to the secrecy of a company's production methods but is often used teasingly.
"Can you give me the recipe for your lemon meringue pie?"  " No way - that's a trade secret!"
tricks of the trade This term refers to a clever or expert way of doing things, especially in a job.
He's a tough negotiator;  he knows all the tricks of the trade.
up and running If a business or a project is up and running, it has started and is fully operational.
In some countries you can have a company up and running in a very short time.
nothing ventured, nothing gained You cannot expect to achieve anything is you risk nothing.
He's going to ask his boss for a promotion even though he has little chance of obtaining satisfaction.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained!
walking papers If you are given your walking papers, your contract or a relationship has ended.
After causing a diplomatic incident, Carter got his walking papers.
wear many hats Someone who wears many hats has to do many different types of tasks or play a variety of roles.
Our company is small so the employees need to be flexible and accept to wear many hats.
wheeling and dealing Someone accused of wheeling and dealing is though to be involved in complicated, if not dishonest, deals in business or politics.
Since the beginning of the election campaign, there's been a lot of wheeling and dealing going on.
win-win The term win-win refers to a situation or proposition where both or all parties benefit from the outcome.
There were smiles all round when the contract was signed - it was a win-win situation.
have your work cut out If you have to face a difficult task or a challenging situation, you have your work cut out for you.
I've got a month to reorganise the accounts department.  I have my work cut out for me!
 
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