Business Idioms Definitions Game

Market Leader Upper Intermediate New Edition Units 1 and 4

Choose one of the words and expressions below and try to describe which one you are thinking of without saying any of the words in that box

Digress/ Digression Focus/ Focussed Hesitate/ Hesitant Clarify/ Clarification
Seldom Cash machine (= ATM) Abbreviations/ Abbreviate Terminology/ Jargon
Articulate Coherent/ Coherence Extrovert/ Extroversion The hardest nut to crack
Repercussions Duplicate/ Duplication Voice mail/ Answer phone messages Allocate/ Allocation
Bombard/ Bombardment Overload Fail to get through Group dynamics
Withdraw/ Withdrawn Treatment Consuming Premises
Charisma/ Charismatic Nepotism Ruthless/ Ruthlessness Subsidiary
Prestige/ prestigious Partner/ Partnership Stock Snap
Roll-out Astonished/ astonishing Visionary Drop out
Prototype Launch To hail (someone/ something) Ailing
Handsome Venture Emergence Pirates
Harness Intrude/ Intrusion Exude Overlook
Brilliant/ Brilliance Retail/ Retailer Flagship Evolve/ Evolution
Idol Ramble/ Rambling Asset Channel
Overdraft Halt Tied up Prevalent/ Prevalence
Spam Vending machine Sales literature Point of sale
Proactive A finger in a lot of pies Have a go Feedback
Persuade/ Persuasive To tailor Flexitime Post
Package A pain in the neck Boss around An empire builder
A gimmick Fade out Demand Set up
Tenfold Floor space Saturated/ Saturation Tackle
Severe/ Severity Warranty/ Guarantee Price conscious ISO 9001
SWOT analysis CRM Seize Haulage
Follow (someone) Instalments I can’t see it happening Fine
Unreliable Hospitality Entertain A blow
On the ball Pick up Hold on Look up
Hang up Off the hook Tied up Cut off
Speak up Switch off

Below are definitions of some of the words and expressions above that have more than one meaning, often a literal and an idiomatic one. Match the definitions below with the words and expressions above:

  1. Walking in the countryside, usually in a relaxed way with no fixed aim/ Talking in a long and pointless way
  2. Not reach someone on the phone/ Not make yourself understood
  3. Turn off a machine or electronic item/ Stop concentrating or listening, e.g. in a boring presentation
  4. Raise your eyes, e.g. to the ceiling or sky/ Search for something in a reference book such as a dictionary or encyclopaedia
  5. Take something from a table or floor/ Answer the phone
  6. To take a hold very tightly/ To take control of
  7. A machine that often breaks down/ Someone who often breaks their promises
  8. A brand of tinned meat/ Junk mail (unwanted emails, usually advertising)
  9. I don’t have a clear view of what is going on, maybe because something is blocking my view/ I don’t think it will occur
  10. Busy/ Kept in one place by rope or string
  11. Eating/ Buying and using
  12. Take the ball from someone in a football, rugby or American football game/ Try to deal with a  problem, usually a serious one
  13. Very strongly request something/ The opposite of supply- how many people want to buy
  14. Grasp something tightly, usually so you don’t fall off something, e.g. a boat/ Wait
  15. Medical cures/ How you deal with someone, e.g. a customer
  16. People who work together/ A particular form of legal company which is owned by several people who work there but has no shares and doesn’t have limited liability
  17. Shout to get someone’s opinion/ Tell everyone who will listen that something is great
  18. Fall from, e.g. from a bag with a hole or the back of a truck/ Leave school or university before the end of the course/ Rebel against society
  19. Set a boat, plane or rocket on its way/ Put a product into the market for the first time
  20. The most impressive boat in a navy fleet, usually the one where the Admiral is/ A store whose location, decoration etc, is supposed to improve the image of the whole chain
  21. To make a suit that will fit you exactly/ To change a machine or computer system so that it will exactly match a company or customer’s needs
  22. A statue of a god/ Someone who people love more than usual, usually someone famous
  23. Try/ Criticize someone
  24. Mail/ A position, usually a job
  25. A narrow piece of sea, e.g. the sea between France and the UK/ A way of communicating, e.g. between particular people or using a particular form of technology
  26. Anything which is seen as positive on a company’s balance sheet/ Anything that is good for a company or a person
  27. Good looking/ Plenty of money
  28. A parcel/ All the things you get when you start a new job or move abroad for work- pay and benefits
  29. A part of your body that hurts/ Something annoying, bothersome or time consuming

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Answer key

  1. Walking in the countryside, usually in a relaxed way with no fixed aim/ Talking in a long and pointless way- Ramble
  2. Not reach someone on the phone/ Not make yourself understood- Not get through
  3. Turn off a machine or electronic item/ Stop concentrating or listening, e.g. in a boring presentation- Switch off
  4. Raise your eyes, e.g. to the ceiling or sky/ Search for something in a reference book such as a dictionary or encyclopaedia- Look up
  5. Take something from a table or floor/ Answer the phone- Pick up
  6. To take a hold very tightly/ To take control of- Seize
  7. A machine that often breaks down/ Someone who often breaks their promises- Unreliable
  8. A brand of tinned meat/ Junk mail (unwanted emails, usually advertising)- Spam
  9. I don’t have a clear view of what is going on, maybe because something is blocking my view/ I don’t think it will occur- I can’t see it happening
  10. Busy/ Kept in one place by rope or string- Tied up
  11. Eating/ Buying and using- Consuming
  12. Take the ball from someone in a football, rugby or American football game/ Try to deal with a  problem, usually a serious one- Tackle
  13. Very strongly request something/ The opposite of supply- how many people want to buy- Demand
  14. Grasp something tightly, usually so you don’t fall off something, e.g. a boat/ Wait- Hold on
  15. Medical cures/ How you deal with someone, e.g. a customer- Treatment
  16. People who work together/ A particular form of legal company which is owned by several people who work there but has no shares and doesn’t have limited liability- Partner
  17. Shout to get someone’s opinion/ Tell everyone who will listen that something is great- Hail
  18. Fall from, e.g. from a bag with a hole or the back of a truck/ Leave school or university before the end of the course/ Rebel against society- Drop out
  19. Set a boat, plane or rocket on its way/ Put a product into the market for the first time- Launch
  20. The most impressive boat in a navy fleet, usually the one where the Admiral is/ A store whose location, decoration etc, is supposed to improve the image of the whole chain- Flagship
  21. To make a suit that will fit you exactly/ To change a machine or computer system so that it will exactly match a company or customer’s needs- Tailor
  22. A statue of a god/ Someone who people love more than usual, usually someone famous- Idol
  23. Try/ Criticize someone- Have a go
  24. Mail/ A position, usually a job- Post
  25. A narrow piece of sea, e.g. the sea between France and the UK/ A way of communicating, e.g. between particular people or using a particular form of technology- Channel
  26. Anything which is seen as positive on a company’s balance sheet/ Anything that is good for a company or a person- Asset
  27. Good looking/ Plenty of money- Handsome
  28. A parcel/ All the things you get when you start a new job or move abroad for work- pay and benefits- Package
  29. A part of your body that hurts/ Something annoying, bothersome or time consuming- A pain in the neck

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