Business English Terms and Phrases

Business English Terms and Phrases    

9 Useful and Unusual Phrases 


9 Useful and Unusual Phrases

Cut Corners

The building could collapse if we cut corners.

“To cut corners” is to complete a task in a fast and careless way. To do something without paying attention to details, thereby making mistakes or causing new problems.

As Of Yet

As of yet, we have no plans to close the department.

This is very commonly seen in emails, and means “at the moment,” This is another time when business jargon defies English grammar rules, yet still comes across as formal! 

I think we need to  drill down further to find the real cause of the problem

To “drill down into” something is to explore it in more depth. 

Get the Ball Rolling 

Hopefully we can get the ball rolling on the new pitch next week

To “get the ball rolling” means to get started on something; to begin making meaningful progress. 


I need to upskill  if I want to get the promotion. 

This business term is another formal but ungrammatical replacement for an existing word: to train. To some, “upskilling” sounds more professional than “training”

Can you ask the accounts person to expedite the payment process for this, please? 

The word “expedite” commonly heard in business English. It is a way of saying “speed up.” 

No Brainer

Agreeing to the contract was a real no nrainer.

No Brainer” Is something that should be the very obvious choice to make.

Hot Desking

With many office staff working from home, we can have a smaller office and hotdesk. 

Hot desking is where several office workers who don't work in the office full time can share a desk or desks between them.

Let’s cut to the chase: are you going to accept the contract, or not? 
To “cut to the chase” means to “get to the point without wasting time.”

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