İş İngilizcesi: 150+ ingilizce iş deyimi, anlamı ve örnek cümlesi19 min read

İngilizce iş deyimleri kurumsal dünyada, toplantılarda sık kullanılan iş deyimleridir.

Çok teknik olmadan tahvil, komisyoncu, emtia, amortisman, temettü, gayri safi yurtiçi hasıla (GSYİH), açığa satış vb. gibi finansal terimlerden bahsedebiliriz. Hepsi iş dünyasında oldukça alışılmış terimlerdir, ancak nadiren onun dışında kullanılır.

Fakat iş deyimleri biraz farklıdır. İş ingilizcesi ve genel İngilizce, iş ile ilgili yaygın ifadeler ve deyimler söz konusu olduğunda çok daha fazla ortak noktaya sahiptir.

Ana dili İngilizce olmayanlar için, ileri bir İngilizce seviyesine ulaşmak ve bunu sürdürmek için kullanılan en tanıdık ifadelerden bazılarını anlamak önemlidir. Bunlar da iş deyimleridir. Şimdi, iş dünyasında duyma olasılığınız daha yüksek olan ancak işten sonra sosyal yaşamınızda da kullanabileceğiniz temel iş deyiminlerini açıklayacağım.

İngilizce iş deyimleri

Iş deyimianlamıörnek
A lot on my plateVery busy with lots of responsibilitiesDavid currently has a lot on his plate as his boss is on vacation
Ahead of the packTo be more successful than the competitionIf we want to stay ahead of the pack, we’ll have to increase our marketing budget.
all in the same boatto be in the same difficult or unpleasant situationWe’re all in the same boat because our company is closing and we need new jobs.
Back to square oneTo start something over again because a previous attempt failedTo make this software finally work, we have to go back to square one.
back to the drawing boardto start something again because the previous attempt was unsuccessfulThe client rejected our first proposal, so we have gone back to the drawing board.
Back-room boysPeople who do important work but aren’t visible to general publicHe resented being a backroom boy when Dave took all the credit.
ball is in your courtemphasises who is responsible for making the next decisionI’ve submitted our proposals to the CEO and now the ball is in his court.
Ballpark figureA rough estimateCan you give me a ball park figure as to what this project will cost?
Bang for the buckSomething that gives you more value back than the money you spentOnline ads provide more bang for the buck than TV commercials
behind the scenesdescribes things that happen which the public don’t know about or see directlyWe gave a successful presentation and I need to thank all those behind the scenes.
Belt tighteningrigorous reduction in spendingOur company had to do some belt-tightening because of the recent economic downturn
Big pictureEverything that is involved with a particular situationWorking on all these details, we have lost sight of the big picture.
Blank check/chequeComplete freedom of action or controlThe board has given the company president a blank check to introduce the reforms
Blue-collarSomeone who does manual labor workJoe is a blue-collar worker at the company warehouse.
Bottom lineFinal total of the account or the ultimate deciding factorI don’t need any details. All I care about is the bottom line
Brain drainLoss of educated workforce to other geographic locationsFrance suffered a brain drain during economic crisis
Break even pointTo have no profit or loss at the end of a business activityIt took us two years just to break even.
bring something to the tableto contribute something of value (to a company)She brings a great deal of experience to the table.
buck stops hereemphasises who is ultimately responsible for somethingMy team is responsible for meeting the deadline. The buck stops here with us.
Busman’s holidaySpending your time doing the same​​ thing you do at workThe painter spent busman’s holiday painting his own house
By the bookTo do things exactly according to the rules or the lawWe told our auditors that we do everything by the book.
call it a dayto stop doing something (to leave work or do something else)I think we have spent enough time discussing this project. Let’s call it a day.
Call the shotsTo make the important decisionsWho calls the shots when the boss is out of town?
Cash cowa consistently profitable business or productThat line of leather shoes is a real cash cow.
Cave inAgree to something you didn’t want to accept previouslyThe management caved in to the demands of the union
Clamp down onTake a strong actionThe company eventually clamped down on the striking workers
Climb the corporate ladderWork your way up to higer positions in a companyHe quickly climbed the corporate ladder to become CEO.
Cold callA call made without appointment to sell somethingSales people were were handed a list of numbers to cold-call.
Compare apples to orangesComparing two very different thingsComparing life in New York to a small town is like comparing apples to oranges
Cook the booksAlter facts or figures dishonestly or illigellyThe mafia boss forced the accountants to cook the books
Corner the marketTo dominate a particular marketAmazon more or less corners the online retailing market.
Crack the whipThreatening people to make them work harderJoes father had to crack the whip to make him study harder.
Cream of the cropThe best person in a groupGoogle hires the cream of the crop graduates.
Crunch the numbersDo a lot of math calculations to make a decisionThey crunched the numbers before buying that new property
Cut a dealTo reach an agreementHer agent cut a deal giving her 30% of the profits.
cut cornersto do a task to a lower standard to save time or moneyCompanies should never cut corners with regards to health and safety.
cut one’s lossesto stop an activity that is unsuccessful to avoid losing more moneyWe’ve decided to cut our losses and close the restaurant.
Cut to the chaseGet to the point quicklyJoan was very busy so I cut to the chase and told her the fact
Cut-throatVery intense, aggressive, and merciless competitionCompetition in the food retailing business is cut-throat.
Dead end jobJob where there is no chance of promotionI am in a dead-end job and looking for a new opportunity
Dead woodSomeone or something that is no longer usefulShe cleared out the dead wood as soon as she took over
do something/go behind someone’s backto talk about someone or take action without their knowledgeMy team went behind my back and complained to the boss before speaking with me.
Drop the ballMake a mistakeHenry dropped the ball by voting against the merger
Easy come, easy goSomething gained easily is also lost easilyI lost 500 Euros in a poker game last night, but that’s life – easy come, easy go.
Elephant in the roomA huge problem that no one wants to talk aboutDebt crises is the elephat in the room that no one is talking about
Eleventh hourThe last minuteEric always waits until the eleventh hour before starting a project
Fast track somethingThis idiom is used when we need to make something, like a project or a task, a priority. To fast track something means to speed up the time frame.Kelly, let’s fast track that project you are working on and finish it by next Friday.
Fine printImportant details usually printed in​​ tiny letters in a contractRead the fine​​ print before you sign the contract
Foot in the doorThe first step toward a goal by gaining entry into an organizationShe got her foot in the door working as a researcher on a TV show.
from the ground upto do something from the start/very beginningOur boss built this company from the ground up.
Game planA strategy or plan for achieving successWhat is our game plan for dealing with our new competitor?
Get down to businessStart doing things that needs to be doneLets get down to business first, we can eat lunch later
Get something off the groundTo start something (e.g. a project or a business)Now that we have finished the planning phase, we’re eager the get the project off the ground.
Get The ball rollingTo begin an activity or a processShe tried to get the ball rolling by asking a few questions.
get your foot in the doorto take the first step with the aim to progress further in the futureShe took an entry-level job to get her foot in the door and got promoted after 1 year.
give someone a pat on the backto praise someone for an achievementOur line manager gave us all a pat on the back for finishing the project early.
give someone the green lightto authorise or allow someone to do somethingThe directors have finally given us the green light to increase spending.
give the thumbs upto show support and give approvalgot the thumbs up from my boss about working from home every Friday.
Glass ceilingAn unofficial or social barrier to advancement in a professionShe crushed the glass ceiling to be the first woman president
go belly updescribes a company that fails or goes bankruptSeveral of our competitors went belly up during the last recession.
Go down the drainSomething is wasted or lostAll our efforts in entering this new market went down the drain.
go down to the wiredescribes something that is not decided or certain until the very last minuteDiscussions went down to the wire, but we finally reached an agreement.
Go the extra mileTo do more than what people expectTo give our customers the best shopping experience, we go the extra mile.
Go Through the RoofTo increase much more than expectedHe is rich now because his commissions have gone through the roof
Golden handcuffsSpecial benefits offered to keep an emplyee from leavingThey hired her with a pair of golden handcuffs
Golden handshakeLarge amount paid as an incentive for early retirementThe new owners offered all employees a golden handshake
Golden parachuteEmployment contract that guarantees great benefits if terminatedShe is not afraid of getting fired because of the golden parachute
Gray areaA situation in which it is difficult to distinguish between right & wrongAt the moment, the law on compensation is very much a grey area.
Hands are tiedNot being free to behave in the way that you would likeI’d love to help you, but my hands are tied.
Have your work cut outAccomplish a difficult task in a short timeHe will have his work cut out to get into the team.
HeadhuntTo recruit the best people for top-level positionsA rival company headhunted her.
Heads upTo inform or warn about something beforehandPlease give me a heads up if there is any change
Hit the nail on the headTo give a perfectly correct answerTom hit the nail on the head when alalysing the problem
hold the fortto be responsible for something when someone else is unavailableI need to hold the fort while the managing director is on maternity leave.
hot off the pressdescribes something that has just been released or printedOur new brochure is hot off the press with all the latest products and special offers.
Hot waterIn deep troubleThe company is in hot water because of the declining sales
In a nutshellUsing as few words as possibleIn a nutshell, we will run out of cash in three months time.
In full swingAt a stage when the level of activity is at its highestConstruction of our new production site is in full swing now.
In the blackA person/organization that is making a profitWe’re in the black but we aren’t making much money yet
In the driver’s seatTo be in charge or in control of a situationBeing offered the position of managing director, I’ll soon be in the driver’s seat.
In the loopInformed and updatedPlease keep Lynda in the loop as she will be writing a report on this project
In the nick of timeTo arrive just in timeI got to the meeting just in the nick of time
In the redA person/organization that is losing moneyWe were in the red for two whole years
In the worksIn development (coming soon)Our new product is in the works
in (out of) the loopto be in (or outside of) a group of people that share informationOur manager forgets to keep us in the loop about changes to the sales targets.
Jack of all tradesSomeone who can do many different jobsWe need someone who is jack of all trades for this position.
Keep one’s eye on the ballTo give something one’s full attention and to not lose focusWe should not diversify our product offering too much, but rather keep our eyes on the ball.
Keep our heads above waterThis is commonly used during difficult financial times, when a business is trying to survive.Unfortunately, we need to fire 25 employees to keep our heads above water. 
keep you on your toesto describe something that makes you remain alert, energetic and readyManagement make regular checks to keep everyone on their toes.
Last strawFinal annoyance that causes you to get angryHe got fired because he skipped the meeting; it was the last straw
Learn the ropesLearn the basics of something (e.g. a job)I’m learning the ropes in my new position.
Learning curveThe amount of time it takes to learn a new skillIt was a steep learning curve for him as he had no prior experience
Long shotSomething that has a very low probability of happeningWinning the lottery is a long shot.
Long-haulProlonged time and effortIt’s going to be a long-haul before the company becomes profitable
Movers and shakersPeople with a lot of power and influence in a particular fieldAll the movers and shakers of the industry have their offices here
No brainerAn easy decision that doesn’t require much thoughtBuying this product at such a discount is a complete no brainer
No strings attachedSomething is given without involving special demands or limitsThey will let you try the product for free with no strings attached.
Not going to flySomething isn’t expected to work outThis product is definitely not going to fly.
Off the top of your headFrom memory without much careful considerationOff the top of my head the cost was pretty reasonable
On the back burnerA low priority matter that is put aside for the time beingIts not an urgent issue, lets put it on the back burner for now
on the ballto be competent, alert and quick to understand new thingsYour team are really on the ball and getting great results.
On the same pageTo be in agreement about somethingLet’s go over the contract details once more to make sure we’re on the same page.
Out in the openSomething that is public knowledge and not secret anymoreOur financials our out in the open anyway.
Out of the loopUnaware of the information or an eventI am always out of the loop of the office gossip
Pencil someone inTo make tentative appointmentI’ll pencil you in for Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm
Pick brainAsk for ideas and opinionsI was picking her brain about which computer to buy
Pick someone’s brainsThis means to ask someone who knows a lot about a specific topic for their opinion.How busy are you today? I would love to pick your brains about this issue we are having with Facebook Ads. 
Play hardballFirm and ruthless in getting what you wantHe’s a nice guy, but he can play hardball when he needs to.
Play it by earThis expression means to decide how to deal with a situation as it develops, instead of following plans that were made earlier.You know what? Let’s play it by ear. I’m sure it will all work out at the end. 
Play second fiddleTo​​ be less important or in a weaker position than someone elseI’m not prepared to play second fiddle to Joe anymore
Plum jobAn easy job that pays wellJoe found a plum job using his family connections.
pull the plugto stop a task or activity from continuingThe directors have decided to pull the plug on the project to expand in Asia.
put all one’s eggs in one basketto commit all your resources to a single idea or plan of actionI take some investment risks every year, but I never put all my eggs in one basket.
Put the cart before the horseTo do or think about things in the wrong orderTrying to find an investor without having a business plan is like putting the cart before the horse.
Raise the barTo set standards or expectations higherThe iPhone raised the bar for smartphone makers.
Read between the linesLook for the meaning that was suggested indirectlyReading between the lines is necessary in complex negotiations
Red tapeOfficial rules and processes that seem excessive and unnecessaryThe new law is going to create a lot of red tape.
Rock the boatTo do or say something that will upset people or cause problemsDon’t rock the boat until the negotiations are finished.
Round the clock24 hours a dayWe were working round the clock during the exhibition
Rule of thumbA guiding principle based on experience and common sense.As a rule of thumb each client should have a separate file
Safe betSomething that is certain to happenIt’s a safe bet that computer processor speed will more than triple within the next 10 years.
Same boatTo be in the same difficult situation as someone elseNone of us has any money left, so we’re all in the same boat.
Second natureA skill so ingrained that you do it without even thinkingTyping​​ becomes second nature after a while.
See eye to eyeTo agree with somebodyMy boss doesn’t see eye to eye with me about our marketing campaign.
See something throughTo continue until something is finishedI want to see this project through before taking on another one.
Selling Like HotcakesSell something very quickly that many people want to buyI need another load of scanners because they are selling like hotcakes
Set the record straightGive the true version of events that have been reported incorrectlyLet me set the record straight about what really happened
Sever tiesTo end a relationshipWe had to sever ties with several suppliers due to poor product quality.
Shape up or ship outA warning to perform well or leaveThe management warned the employees to shape up or ship out
Shoot something downTo reject something (e.g. an idea or a proposal)You shouldn’t shoot down your co-workers ideas during a brainstorming session.
Show the ropesShow someone how to do a job or activityMichael will take you around and show you the ropes
Slack offPerform unproductively and lazilyEmployees tend to slack off on Fridays
Small talkInformal conversation about things that are not importantGuests stood with their drinks, making small talk about the weather
Smooth sailingA situation where success is achieved without difficultiesOnce our largest competitor went out of business, it was smooth sailing.
Stand one’s groundTo not change one’s opinion or positionThey tried to cut my travel budget, but I stood my ground.
start/get off on the right footto start a relationship in a positive wayEveryone hopes to get off on the right foot when they start a new job.
strike while the iron is hotto take action without delay when there is an opportunity to do somethingI’m confident that this client will sign the contract if we strike while the iron is hot.
Take the bull by the hornsTo directly confront a difficult situation in a brave and determined wayMy mid-level managers constantly delayed projects, so I took the bull by the horns and fired several of them.
Talk shopDiscuss work-related issues in off-work social situationsLet’s​​ not talk shop outside office hours.
Talk someone into somethingTo convince someone to do somethingI was reluctant to redesign our website, but my employees talked me into it.
Test the waterTry something out to see if it works or notI’d like to test the water first before committing myself
Thick skinNot easily hurt by criticismA politician need to have a thick skin
Think outside the boxExplore ideas that are different and non-traditionalHe is trying to think outside the box to make this event a success
Throw in the towelTo admit defeatAfter struggling for years the company finally threw in the towel
Thrown in the deep endPut into a difficult situation without any preparationLynda was thrown in the deep end right from the fist day of her job
Time’s upTime for something or someone has ended.I think his time’s up as the CEO.
Touch baseTo make contact with someone.I will touch base with you later today.
Twist someone’s armTo convince someone to do something that he or she does not want to do.My boss thought the budget was a little high, so I had to twist his arm to get him to agree to it.
Under the tableSomething was done secretly and illegallyThey offered him money under the table to change his mind
Up in the airSomething is undecided or uncertainOur international expansion plan is still up in the air.
Uphill battleSomething that is difficult to achieve because of obstacles and difficultiesGaining market share in this country will be an uphill battle due to tough competition.
Upper handTo have more power than anyone else and so have controlDue to my experience, I had the upper had in the argument.
Way off the markCompletely wrongOur profit projections were way off the mark
Weigh inTo give an opinonLet me weigh in on why I think the recession will continue
White-collarSomeone who does office workJane left the factory for a white-collar position in a local bank.
Win-win situationFavorable outcome for everyone involvedThe compromise was a win-win situation for everyone
Word of mouthSomething is given or done by people talking about something or telling people about somethingMany local stores rely on word of mouth to get new customers.
work against the clockto aim to finish something before a specific timeWe’re always working against the clock to meet urgent deadlines.
Writing on the wallClear signs that something bad is about to happenI can see the writing on the wall that this company is doomed


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