24 hours a day, 7 days a week; all the time; a store/shop that is open all the time.
-We’re open for business 24/7.
-The convenience store across the street is open 24/7.
-My brother’s friends are over 24/7.
2. Ahead of the game
In a position of advantage; having an advantage in a competitive situation; having done more than necessary.
-Without your help, it would be hard for me to stay ahead of the game.
-If you think cheating lets you stay ahead of the game, you’re wrong.
-With all the social media marketing, how does your business stay ahead of the game?
3. A long shot
An attempt or effort that is not likely to be successful; a venture that offers a great reward if successful but has very little chance of success; remote possibility.
-It’s a long shot, but I think investing in this start-up will help us reach the small markets.
-The horse was a long shot, but we just knew he would double our money!
-It’s a long shot, but maybe you could reach him at home?
As soon as possible; without delay; promptly; immediately; fast; now; soon.
-Mr. Jameson, we need you in the office ASAP.
-We need these documents sent to Corporate Financial downtown, ASAP.
-There’s been an emergency and we need you to come to the hospital ASAP.
5. Back to square one
To start working on a plan from the beginning; back to the beginning; return to the beginning.
-If the deal is rejected, we’ll have to start back at square one.
-Let’s plan our project so we don’t have to start back at square one again.
-I used to speak Spanish well during school but forgot so much of it. I’ll have to start back at square one with the basics.
6. Ball Rolling
To get a process started; to begin something.
-If my boss didn’t attend the office party, I’m sure I could get the ball rolling.
-Jenny kept the ball rolling by being friendly and talking to each of her guests.
-I think our company needs to do some community work to get the ball rolling.
7. Burn rate
A measure of negative cash flow; cash spent per month; when some % of loans fail to prepay after an interest rate cycle.
-This year, our goal is to determine what the burn rate is for Canadians in their 30’s.
-Do you think you’re an over-spender? Let me help you calculate your burn rate.
-With all my investments and decreasing company capital I want to know where our current burn rate stands.
8. Call it a day
To stop doing something; quit work and go home; to say that a day’s work has been completed; stop a particular activity for the rest of the day.
-I’ve had a really rough day and I’m ready to call it a day.
-Gina called it a day after lunch and went home to rest.
-After playing tennis for 20 years, I’ve decided to call it a day.
9. Cut corners
To take shortcuts; to save money or effort by finding cheaper or easier ways to do something; to do something easily; act illegally.
-Big corporations always find a way to cut corners.
-I believe in the quality of my products and refuse to cut corners just to save money.
-We had difficulties raising money for our startup so we had to cut corners to make ends meet.
10. Cut to the chase
To get to the matter at hand; to focus on what is important; deal with the major points.
-I’d really like to move past the preliminaries of this meeting and cut to the chase.
-After a few drinks, I cut to the chase and asked my boss if I was being laid off next quarter.
-Let’s cut to the chase. There is no excuse for racism or discrimination, especially in this company.
11. Drop the ball
To make an error; miss an opportunity; fail in some way; to allow something to fail.
-As project manager, I really dropped the ball on this deal and I feel terrible.
-Everything was going was going so well until I dropped the ball with the campaign.
-I can’t trust David to do the job, he’s dropped the ball on too many occasions.
12. Fall through the cracks
To pass unnoticed, neglected, or unchecked; to be lost or be forgotten.
-I’ve been swamped with documents and deadlines that your letter must have fallen through the cracks.
-This deal, among many, fell through the cracks.
-Important information given to the attorney must have fallen through the cracks.