1. Keep your fingers on the pulse –
Meaning – Being constantly aware of the most recent developments.
Example – An entrepreneur must keep his fingers on the pulse of the market to be successful.
2. Mean business –
Meaning – Being serious about what you announce.
3. Think on your feet –
Meaning – Adjusting quickly to changes and making fast decisions.
Example – A good sales man must be able to think on his feet to close the deal.
4. Sail through something –
Meaning – Being successful in doing something without difficulty.
Example – The presentation at the national conference was extremely important for the company. We sailed through it.
5. Tricks of the trade
Meaning – Clever or expert way of doing something.
Example – Being into the construction business for last 10 years, I know all tricks of the trade.
6. Not let grass grow under feet –
Meaning – Don’t delay in getting something done.
Example – As soon as he finished all the registration formalities, he put the house on sale. He doesn’t let the grass grow under his feet.
7. Work like a charm –
Meaning – Works very well or has the desired effect.
Example – I had cloves from my sore throat and they worked like a charm.
8. Back-room boys –
Meaning – People who perform important work but have no contact with the public.
Example – Our back room boys deserve an applause for the success of this advertisement.
9. Dead wood –
Meaning – People or things which are no longer useful or necessary.
Example – The company bought in a lot of new computers. They no longer want the dead woods.
10. Get the axe –
Meaning – lose the job.
Example – The projects team was undergoing a major restructuring, recruitment executives were the first to get the axe.