Business Idioms 32

Copyright 2018 by Brad Carty

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shy of (something)Below a certain amount. "Company revenues last year were just shy of $14 million."
scapegoatSomeone/something blamed for a bad situation. "The failure wasn't completely her fault, but she's been made the scapegoat."
rise to the occasionDo a great job when required. "The project was running late, but the employees rose to the occasion and finished it before the deadline and under budget."
level with someoneTo tell someone the complete truth. "I'm going to level with you, Walter: you should start looking for a new job."
fall flatFail. "The advertising campaign fell flat."
across the pondThe other side of the Atlantic Ocean. "I'm flying across the pond next week."
dot-com (adj.)Related to the internet. "It's not as easy for dot-com businesses to attract venture capital as it used to be."
pull out all the stopsDo whatever is necessary. "We need to pull out all the stops to win this contract!"
hit rock bottomBe at the lowest point. "Their share price hit rock bottom yesterday."
the chickens have come home to roostGet punished for bad behavior. "They cheated a lot of their customers, so now the chickens have come home to roost and they're facing massive lawsuits."
spinning one's wheelsMaking a lot of effort but not accomplishing anything. "He always looks like he's busy, but mostly he's just spinning his wheels."
keep an ear to the groundMonitor information about the marketplace or competitors. "We're not exactly sure what their new product is going to be, but we're keeping our ears to the ground."