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See eye to eye: to agree about or have the same perspective on [something]
- I’d like her to be on my team. We see eye to eye most of the time.
- We haven’t been able to agree. We don’t see eye to eye on this.
Bend over backwards: try very hard to please someone or to do something
- She bent over backwards to try and make him happy, but he was never satisfied.
- I want you to bend over backwards for this customer. It’s a very important account.
A dry run: a rehearsal or practice session
- We should test this prototype first. We need a dry run before we go into production.
- I’d like to do a dry run with this speech before I present it to the whole company.
Troubleshoot something: identify the problems in a program or process
- We hired her to troubleshoot the problems in the process. She’ll identify them, and then the team will correct them.
- We have to troubleshoot the problems before we find solutions.
A bottleneck: a person or place that stops or slows the easy flow of ideas or products
- There’s a bottleneck in manufacturing at the third station on the assembly line. We need to make some changes in the process there.
- That department is always a bottleneck for us when we try to get anything done quickly. They always delay the process.
Cut corners: save money or time by substituting inferior materials or not carrying out all the required steps
- The company cut corners on the new product by using a less expensive part in the design.
- We have to find a way to cut corners on this project because we’ve already gone over our budget.
Be user-friendly: be easy to use
- This program is very user-friendly. It seems very logical.
- When a program is user-friendly, I don’t need to read the manual.
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.
Be on the right track: be going in the correct direction
- We don’t have the problem solved yet, but I think we are on the right track.
Out of bounds: not acceptable
- He was a problem student. His behavior was out of bounds, so he was sent to the principal’s office.
- That topic is out of bounds during the meeting. We will discuss it later off-line.
Go by the book: closely follow procedures or rules
- I want you to go by the book at first. You can get creative later, after you learn the process.
- She’s very careful and methodical. She always goes by the book.
On one’s toes: prepared to quickly move or react
- He always gives us last minute changes to keep us on our toes.
- If you work in Silicon Valley, you have to stay on your toes because things arechanging very quickly.
A trade-off: an exchange; the act of giving up one thing to get another
- If you cut back your hours to have more free time, you’ll make less money. It’s a trade-off.
- She gave up her dream car to buy a house. It was a trade-off.
Burn rate: the rate at which a new company spends money
- The 10 million dollars of venture capital should last about five months at this burn rate.
- The burn rate is really high with new Internet companies because marketing costs are very high.