Thuật ngữ kinh tế trong Tiếng Anh (Terminologies in Business) – Phần 5

Give and takecooperation or compromise

  1. It took a lot of give and take, but I think we finally reached an agreement that satisfied everyone.
  2. He was used to working alone. In his new job, he had to learn to participate in the give and take.

Meet someone halfwaycompromise

  1. If you can meet me halfway, I think we can reach an agreement.
  2. They met us halfway, so that we could make a deal that worked for all of us.

Down to the wireclose to the deadline

  1. We have to work overtime because we’re down to the wire on this project.
  2. He doesn’t plan his work well, so he always has to work down to the wire.

Heads upa warning that a change or new procedure is coming

  1. Our boss gave us a heads up about the change in the procedure.
  2. I’d like a heads up on any design changes so I can make adjustments.

A pain in the necka difficult problem or person

  1. This project has had problems from the beginning. It’s a pain in the neck.
  2. I left that job because it was a pain in the neck.

Be in someone’s facemake someone uncomfortable, be confrontational

  1. That salesman was really in my face. I didn’t like him. He stood very close and was very persistent.
  2. She’s a difficult person to work with because she is always in your face. She likes to argue.

Go for brokeattempt to reach a very high goal; gamble everything

  1. He risked everything on the new venture. He went for broke.
  2. If we go for broke on this one, and it doesn’t work, we’ll be back to square one.

Strike outfail or make a big mistake

  1. He struck out with the big account. They decided not to purchase the product.
  2. I don’t want to strike out on this project. I want it to be a success.

Screw upmake a big error or mistake

  1. She screwed up the order, and we had to start over again.
  2. I usually screw up when I’m really tired and I keep working anyway.

Draw the lineestablish limits or boundaries

  1. We have to draw the line with this customer. They are demanding too much. Tell them we won’t make any more design changes.
  2. He drew the line with his teenage son and told him if he got another ticket, he couldn’t continue driving.

Twist someone’s armconvince or persuade someone to do something

  1. I didn’t want to go to the party, but she twisted my arm, so I went.
  2. Lisa didn’t want to go to the dance alone, so she called a friend and twisted his arm. He finally agreed to go along.

Burn one’s bridges: do something that will hurt or destroy a relationship

  1. I wasn’t negative about why I left the job. I didn’t want to burn my bridges. I might want to use my old boss as a reference.
  2. He burned his bridges when he published that book about the politics at his old company.

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