Resources: Notes on Life and Language in the United States

Corporate English: Daily Expressions and Idioms

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Mon, Jun 20, 2011 @ 08:11 AM

corporate english business meetingLearning corporate English is crucial for your success in your career the United States.

Do you get nervous at work when it comes to speaking English?

I am going to help you stop feeling that way today!

A lot of the expressions that are used in the corporate and business world are also used in daily life.

If you are an international professional and you would like to feel more comfortable with your English at work, this article will be helpful.

In today's post, I will share 6 expressions and sayings that are used every day in the business world in the United States.

Check out the expressions and their meanings below!




Do you want to feel confident in your next business meeting in English?

Lindsay can help you!

Get this guided course instantly and learn 12 phrases that you MUST know to succeed in your meeting.

Click here to get it now!



 6 Corporate English Expressions


1. To cut corners: To complete a task in the fastest, easiest and cheapest way possible. Usually when someone cuts corners, the quality of the work is reduced.

"When Joe presented his final project, it was obvious that he had cut corners because the tool that he created didn't seem to work properly."


2. Ballpark figure: An approximate number, a rough figure, a general idea of something

"This morning, our manager gave us a ballpark figure of the amount of revenue that we need to take in this month."


  corporate English, 6 expressions, 2 men



3. To climb the coporate ladder: To move up within the hierarchy of a large company or corporation.

"My colleague, Sam works much harder than most of us because he is really hoping for a promotion this year. His plan is to climb the corporate ladder and eventually become an executive."


4. Bottom line: (1) Literal definition: The last number on a profit and loss statement- the total earnings that a company takes in. (2) Figurative definition: The final result or the final outcome. The most important point.

Figurative: "Forget about all the diet drinks and diet pills. The bottom line is that if you don't exercise enough, you will gain weight."


5. To be in the red: To owe money to the bank. To be in debt.

"The New York City subway is in the red, so they have cut a lot of station attendant jobs."


 free video lesson 7 simple secrets to connection in English


photo credit: MattHurst

Topics: English Lessons, Vocabulary Workshop, English Idioms, Business English Vocabulary

Speak with Confidence

practice English now with native English speakers

Monthly Newsletter


English Podcast


American English conversation listening podcast

Nominated Top 100

Top 100 Language Lovers 2012

1. Top Language Lovers   Top 100 Final

Business English


Subscribe to this Blog

Free Trial Lesson



"Every day I read the English and Culture blog and I love it."

-Student of English and Culture

Connect with Us

Free Practice Guide


Latest Posts

Resources for You


Student Testimonial

business English student Boston

"My classes with English and Culture have been awesome. I have been taking the classes for almost two months, twice a week and I am really happy about my improvement. Now I feel more comfortable and secure when speaking English and more fluent, too."

-Elkin, Colombia