Lay it on the line: be very direct or frank
- I laid it on the line. I told him I didn’t love him anymore.
- We’re tired of all the careful words. Just lay it on the line for us.
Back out: change or cancel an agreement or an arrangement
- The investors backed out of the contract at the last minute, so we couldn’t go ahead with the building.
- I don’t trust her. She often backs out at the last minute.
Get the bugs out: fix any problems in software programs
- We have to get the bugs out of this new program before the release date.
- This new software engineer can get the bugs out faster than anyone on the
Plug and play: easy to install and easy to use
- I’ll be able to have this new program up and running in five minutes. It’s plug and play.
- I like their products because they are so easy to use. Everything they made is plug and play.
Make do: complete a task using only the available supplies or people
- We don’t have enough yellow paper, so we’ll have to make do with white.
- She ran out of butter, so she made do with oil for the recipes.
Be in the same boat: be in the same situation as someone else
- They are both engineers who worked for start-up companies and then left to starttheir own companies. They are in the same boat.
- Both women have just had their first babies. They are in the same boat.
A game plan: a strategy or an organized approach to achieve a goal
- To get this done, we’ll need a really good game plan.
- We need to come up with a game plan to meet our goals.
Interface with someone/something: communicate or interact with someone or something.
- Her new job requires her to interface with the customers every day.
- The network here no longer interfaces well with the one overseas.
Give someone the runaround: not answer a question or request; send a person somewhere else for an answer
- She always gives me the runaround when I ask her out. Do you think she’s not interested?
- I could tell she didn’t want to answer the question. She just gave me the runaround.
Be in the loop/be out of the loop: be included in the communication/not be included in the communication
- Please send her copies of the e-mail about this so she is in the loop about this new project.
- I haven’t received any information on this project. I am out of the loop on this.
Eyeball it: estimate or guess based on a quick glance
- I don’t have a measuring tape, so I’ll just have to eyeball it.
- I don’t have time to look at your proposal very carefully. Is it okay if I just eyeball it?
In the red/ in the black: in debt/ not in debt
- That company is in the red. They may go bankrupt if they keep losing money.
- One more successful business venture should put us back in the black.
Bricks and mortar: a business with a physical building where goods are bought and sold, as opposed to an Internet-based business, which sells products over the World Wide Web
- We’re a bricks-and-mortar We still have a retail building where we sell our products.
- Bricks-and-mortar businesses in our town are facing competition from Internet- based companies.
Land on one’s feet: recover from a problem or difficult challenge
- His company outsourced his job, but he landed on his feet because he found a new position in another department.
- She managed to land on her feet when she made a career change; in fact, her salary is still rising.