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CAES Business Idioms
Transcript of CAES Business Idioms
CATHY LEUNG BUSINESS
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She was a systems analyst
For a dot com company
She said, "You think because we've kissed
I'll be yours eternally
I'll sign another pre-nup
And we'll merge our P.L.C.s
That's why most girls go belly-up
In this economy Macgillycuddy's Reeks - Warren Zevon Oxford Dictionary DEFINITION First known usage is 1918
Came from the floating position of a dead fish ORIGIN Go bankrupt http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/belly EXAMPLE Private banks tend to merge with others of their ilk when they start to go belly up. The existing clutch of private banks licensed mostly in 1993-94, provide quite a few examples. Niti Central (Indian News)
http://www.niticentral.com/2013/02/25/fdi-can-keep-us-from-going-broke-49832.html SYNONYM Bankrupt
In debt VARIATION Belly-up
hopelessly ruined or defeated
“What made you want to look up belly-up? Please tell us where you read or heard it”
to move close or next to
“belly up to the buffet table and help yourselves” BLUE-EYED
BOY FROM THE NEWS DEFINITION a boy or man who is liked very much and is treated well by someone, especially someone in authority Cambridge dictionary http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/blue-eyed-boy ORIGIN From a book
1919, P. G. Wodehouse, A Damsel in Distress
"...this cove was so deucedly civil, and all that, that now she won’t look at anybody else. He’s the blue-eyed boy, and everybody else is an also-ran." EXAMPLE “Now with Aquino boosting infrastructure, capacity building, the growth potential over the longer term is rapidly increasing. The Philippines is on a very good footing to remain the blue-eyed boy in the region.” Bloomberg
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-31/consumer-boom-fuels-philippines-as-neighbors-hit-by-export-pain.html SYNONYM Teacher’s pet
Darling VARIATION White-haired boy
No racial prejudice CROCODILE
TEARS DEFINITION Tears that you cry when you are not really sad or sorry Cambridge dictionary ORIGIN crocodiles shed their tears that slid down into their mouths so as to moisten their food and make it easier for them to swallow EXAMPLE Crocodile tears are flowing again for low-income people. New American
http://www.thenewamerican.com/reviews/opinion/item/14642-the-minimum-wage-harms-the-most-vulnerable SYNONYM Hypocrisy
- an expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction
e.g. pay lip service to sth
- to say that you agree with something but do nothing to support it
e.g. She claims to be in favour of training, but so far she's only paid lip service to the idea. Cut from the
same clothes QUESTION
TO ALL Why do the suits always need to be cut from the same piece of cloth?
A.It is convenient for the designers to mass produce the suits
B.It is cheaper to order a large batch of cloth
C.It is to ensure the jacket and trousers are perfect match DEFINITION Very similar; possessing many of the same fundamental characteristics Collins dictionary ORIGIN If you're making a suit, the jacket and trousers should be cut from the same piece of cloth to ensure a perfect match, since there may be differences in color between different cloth. Only when the whole suite is cut from the same piece of cloth can we be sure that they are match. EXAMPLE "I think you'll find that Bruce and I are cut from the same cloth in that regard. You don't need a great memory if you always tell the truth and you tell it straight and we've been developed in the same business model and in terms of honest and ethical behaviour and everything that goes along with that," he said. Times Colonist:
http://www.timescolonist.com/business/imperial-oil-ceo-to-be-replaced-by-head-of-exxonmobil-production-1.77904 SYNONYM Similar
Much the same
Made from the same mold (sharing a lot of similarities)
e.g. She and her brother are cut from the same cloth. They both tell lies all the time. Father and son are made from the same mold and even sound alike on the telephone. THANK
YOU QUIZ 1. People do not trust those who cry out crocodile tears
a. Insincere people
b. Lazy people
c. Bankrupted people 2. Countries are likely to go belly up
b. Go bankrupt
c. Become a prosperous economy