- to make a successful beginning
We were unable to get the new product off the ground but we will try again next year.
Give (someone) the green light
- to give someone permission to go ahead or proceed with something
Our boss gave us the green light to begin work on the new sales campaign.
Go belly up
- to go out of business because of financial problems
The small computer company went belly up several months ago.
Go over the books
- to check and analyze the accounting records of a company
We hired an outside accountant to go over our books.
- to become a public company and to sell the company stock to the public
The stock of the Internet company rose very quickly after the company went public.
Go through with (something)
- to do something as planned or as agreed, to finish something
We will go through with our plans to build the new product.
hang out one's shingle
- to open one's own business (usually as a professional in some field)
My friend decided to hang out his shingle as a dentist soon after he finished school.
A hard sell
- a way of selling something that is very aggressive and uses much pressure
The car salesman gave us a hard sell so we went to another car dealer.
Have a stake in (something)
- to have part ownership of a company or other business
The large oil company has a stake in the new oil exploration company.
Have good contacts
- to know people who can help you get a job or do some kind of business
The salesman has good contacts and always sells many products.
have one's finger in the pie
- to be involved in something, to receive money for something
The new manager has his finger in the pie of many small businesses.
Have the floor
- to have permission to speak in a meeting
The president had the floor for almost an hour during the meeting.
Heads will roll
- someone will be punished
Heads will roll when our boss learns about the money that we have lost.
Hold a meeting
- to conduct a meeting
We plan to hold a meeting next week to discuss the problems with our new product.
In black and white
- in writing
The company refused to deal with the customer's complaints until they were in black and white.
In charge of (someone or something)
- to be in control of someone or something, to be responsible for someone or something
My sister has been in charge of buying supplies at her company for many years.
In short supply
- not enough of something, less than the amount or number needed
Experienced computer programmers are in short supply in our company.
- available or ready to sell or use
The store does not have any printer ink in stock.
In the black
- to be successful, to be making money, to be profitable
The new company has been in the black for many years.
In the long run
- over a long period of time
The company has been losing money recently but in the long run they should make a profit.
In the loop
- part of a group of people that is kept up-to-date with information about something
I began to work in the evenings and I was no longer in the loop at our company.
In the market for (something)
- to be ready to buy something, to want to buy something
We are in the market for a new computer.
In the red
- to be losing money, to be unprofitable
The company has been in the red since the price of oil began to rise rapidly.
In the works
- to be in preparation, to be in the process of being planned or developed
The camera company has a new camera in the works but nobody knows about it.
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