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Get Down to Business

6 years ago

Here are 5 common expressions used in a business context in English.

1. Get down to business

Business meetings usually begin with some small talk while waiting for everyone to arrive. When it’s time to start seriously focusing on the actual work, it’s time to get down to business.
Sample sentence: We’ve got 5 business idioms and phrases to cover today so let’s get down to business.

2. From day one

This means “since the beginning.” You often hear the phrase from day one used in the workplace to talk about something that has been true since the very first day a project or business began.
Sample sentence: I hope management realizes that our deadlines are very tight. We need to hire more people immediately. We’ve been short-handed from day one.

3. Learn the ropes

Learn the ropes is used in situations where someone, usually a new coworker, needs to learn the basics of how something is done.
Sample sentence: The three new members of our project team will need to learn the ropes ASAP.

4. Bring to the table

To bring [something] to the table means to bring something of use or benefit (skills, experience, etc.) to a job or business activity (project, meeting, etc.).
Sample sentence: We need someone on the team who can bring project management experience to the table.

5. Learning curve

A learning curve is used to describe the progress someone has to make to gain experience or learn a new skill set. A steep learning curve indicates the task may be difficult and therefore take more effort.
Sample sentence: She is welcome to join our team, but there will be a steep learning curve.