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Business Idioms
Helen
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If you're shopping or involved with business deals, you may hear some of these business idioms or slang phrases.

 selling like hotcakes - selling very quickly
Red, heart shaped boxes of chocolates are selling like hotcakes.

biggest bang for the buck - value for the money spent
I need to buy a used car. Can you tell me where I can get the biggest bang for the buck?

 drive a hard bargain - make an agreement to one's advantage
Before you deal with him, you need to know your price because he drives a hard bargain.

pick up the tab - pay the expenses
Will your company pick up the tab for this trip?

foot the bill - pay the bill
Who is going to foot the bill for this wedding-your parents or his?

get off the ground - make a successful beginning
That business never even got off the ground. They closed their doors in six months.

bottom line - total, final figure on a balance sheet
The bottom line is that we must make twice as much money this month just to pay our bills.

get down to business - get serious about this
We're wasting time on decorations. Let's get down to business.

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