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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Business - Work

(Idioms, page 5 :  get off the ground  →  upper hand)

get something off the ground If you get something off the ground, you put it into operation after having organised it.
After a lot of hard work, we finally got the campaign off the ground.
get the show on the road If you manage to put a plan or idea into action, you get the show on the road.
OK, we've got all we need, so let's get the show on the road.
give someone a run a run for their money If you give someone a run for their money, you present strong competition in circumstances where the other person expects to win easily.
We didn't get the contract but we gave our competitors a run for their money!
go belly up If a business or project goes belly up, it is unsuccessful or goes bankrupt.
The restaurant went belly up before the end of the first year.
go for a song If something goes for a song, it is sold at an unexpectedly low price.
I was able to buy the car simply because it was going for a song.
go out of business If a shop, firm or enterprise goes out of business, it closes down or goes bankrupt.
If the new road bypasses the town, a lot of shops will go out of business.
going concern A business or activity that is dynamic and successful is a going concern.
They opened a coffee shop that is a going concern today.
golden handcuffs The term golden handcuffs refers to a large sum of money or a generous financial arrangement granted to an executive as an incentive to stay in their job, or to ensure long-term cooperation after their departure.
golden handshake A golden handshake is a generous sum of money given to a person when they leave a company or retire (sometimes given to encourage early retirement).
golden opportunity A golden opportunity is a favourable time or an excellent occasion which should not be missed.
An internship in that company would be a golden opportunity for you - it might lead to a permanent job later.
golden parachute A golden parachute is a clause in an executive's employment contract stating that the executive will receive certain large benefits if their employment is terminated.
grease someone's palm If you accuse someone of greasing somebody's palm, you are accusing them of giving money to someone in order to gain an unfair advantage or to obtain something they want.
In some countries, it is common practice to grease government officials' palms.
one hand washes the other (together they wash the face) This expression means that when people cooperate and work well together, there is a better chance of a achieving results.
upper hand If a person or organisation gains or gets the upper hand, especially in a fight or competition, they take control over something.
We increased our market share and gained the upper hand over our competitors.
   
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