This is a list of common idioms most often used in American Business.Although some are informal，they are important to understand in business dealings.
across the board：
【释义】in all areas of the business or the organization;an even effect.
【例句】The manager of our department announced that the company needs to make cuts across the board in order to save money.
【释义】to provide financial assistance in order to save a business from financial ruin.
【例句】The U. S.government bailed out GM by buyiny up shares of the company.
【释义】the final result;money made or lost.
【例句】Before making any more investments in his company，he'll need to take a close look at his bottom line
【释义】to believe that a result will be good;to take a risk or a chance.
【例句】Melissa's company is betting on consumer interest in green technologies in order to improve sales.
【释义】to make a company larger by adding more locations or more products.
【例句】They want to branch out into the southwestern part of the state.
【释义】to show neither a profit nor a loss.
【例句】It's a good thing we had a good year last year and saved our cash because this year we're barely breaking even.
【例句】We'll need to build up our inventory before the busy holiday season
【释义】to buy alcohol for other people，usually at a bar or a restaurant.
【例句】You should have gone out with us last night.The boss Was buying everyone drinks to celebrate a good quarter.
buy on credit：
【释义】to purchase something with borrowed money;to use a loan or a credit card to buy something.
【例句】We buy everything on credit and then pay it off at the end of the month.
【释义】to buy an entire company and take control of it;to pay an employee to leave a company，usually someone who is older and nearretirement.
【例句】Do you think there will be a buyout? We might lose our jobs if that happens.
【释义】Chief Executive Officer：the head of the company.
【例句】The company’s stock fell sharply after it was announced that the CEO was leaving the company.
【释义】to do something that is completely different;to change direction.
【例句】We're changing course with the introduction of some new products next year.
do business with：
【释义】work another person or company;to exchange goods and services for money.
【例句】It's been a pleasure doing business with you.
【释义】check twice;to look at information more than oncee.
【例句】Let me double check those numbers and I'll get back to you
【释义】to think of an answer oneself;to fix a problem.
【例句】After studying the problem over several weeks，Emril finally figured out why his customers weren't coming into the store.
【例句】At first we weren't doing very well with our sales，but now we're going gangbusters.
get back to：
【释义】call back;return with information.
【例句】I'm sorry，I don't have the name of the person who hosted the conference.Let me get back to you with that.
【释义】to make ownership of a company available to the general public through the sale of shares stock in the company.
【例句】If I had purchased Apple when they went public，l'd be a very rich mart right now
【释义】to work very hard at selling something;to push one's products on a customer.(This is not a good thing to do!)
【例句】Kevin grew tired of the salesman's hard—sell approach，so he quickly left the store.
in the black：
【释义】the period during which a company shows a profit.
【例句】Many retailers aren't in the black until around Thanksgiving.
in the red：
【释义】the period during which a company shows a loss.
【例句】It looks like we're going to stay in the red for the rest of the year
keep at it：
【释义】keep working;don’t give up.
【例句】Owning and operating a popular restaurant isn't easy，but if you keep at it，you will succeed.
【释义】to do well;to be successful.
【例句】Joe must have made out pretty well this week because he's buying everyone drinks.
make a profit
【释义】to makemoney;subtract expenses from gross sales to find out the net profit.
【例句】Felicia's store is going to make a very large profit on the sale of those computers.
【释义】to consist of;to be a part of.
【例句】Our staff is made up dedicated professionals who take pride in their work
(be)on the market：
【释义】available to the general public for purchase.
【例句】The Chevy Volt won't be on the market until later this year.
【释义】to pay all of something that was purchased on credit.
【例句】You should try to pay off your credit cards as soon as possible;otherwise,you'll have to continue to pay a large amount ofinterest every month.
【例句】They're putting out tk finest furniture that you can buy at these prices.
【释义】to sell one thing or to sell all the pieces of a company.
【例句】Uri decided to sell off his business and retire to Florida.
【释义】to sell all of a company's products or tickets.
【例句】The children's toys became popular so quickly that they sold out within a week.No one could find them anywhere.
【释义】to send products by mail.
【例句】The manufacturing plant in China will ship out the parts we need tomorrow.
take a loss：
【释义】to lose money;expenses exceed sales;to sell something at a price that is higher than the cost of acquisition.
【例句】It's okay to take a loss on that investment.We can write it off on our taxes.
take a nosedive：
【释义】to go down;to suddenly decrease in value.
【例句】The stock we bought last year took a nosedive yesterday when its quarterly profits were announced.
【释义】to do very well;to become successful.
【例句】After five years of struggling to succeed，our business is finally starting to take off.
【释义】to become responsible;to take control of something;to become the new owner.
【例句】Ed Wilson is going to take over the position of CEO in August.
【释义】attrition;the constant change in employess hired and then lost by a company due to firing or quitting.
【例句】The rate of employee turnover is too high for this company.We don't have enough experienced people at any one time
【释义】anything that helps you achieve a desired result：skills.software，incentives，rubrics，spreadsheets，databases，etc.This is a very popular word used in business—so popular，in fact，that its overuse has turned it into a crutch word.
【例句】Our company wants tou use this software as a tool for reinventing itself.
tool box/tool kit：
【释义】a collection of tools described above
【例句】We're going to need all the tools in the tool kit in order to focus on this problem
【释义】to improve something;to create something new.
【例句】Danielle is working on a new sales presentation.
【释义】to find a solution;to come to an agreement.
【例句】Do you think we can work out n deal?We really want to buy this car.
【释义】to take a deduction on taxes;something that decreases the amount of money that is paid in taxes.
【例句】We can write off the cost of this lunch if we spend a little time talking about doing business together.