# 1. Call it a day
E.g. “I'm tired. Let's call it a day.”
“The boss was mad because Bill called it a day at noon.”
#2. Grey area (UK) / Gray area (US)
Means something that is not clearly defined and needs careful judgement.
E.g. “It exists in a grey area between legal and illegal.”
"It's a grey area isn't it?" (Meaning the speaker is talking about an unsure concept).
#3. Back to the Drawing Board
Means that a previously established plan isn't working and that it is time to re-plan.
E.g. “My job interview went horribly! I have to go back to the drawing board.”
#4. Big picture
E.g. “Although we all have all specific tasks to do, our leader makes sure we don't lose sight of the big picture.”
#5. On the same page
In broad agreement, or sharing a common general understanding or knowledge
E.g. “I want to make sure we're all on the same page with this new project.”
Business Idioms Used in the Workplace
#6. Read between the lines
To infer a meaning that is not stated explicitly
e.g. “If you read between the lines a little, you will realize that he has deeper motives”
#7. See someone's point
Means that you understand their reason for having a certain opinion, or for feeling a certain way.
E.g. “Yes, I see your point. Let me double-check that and get back with you.”
#8. Hit the nail on the head
To identify something exactly; to arrive at exactly the right answer.
E.g. “He hit the nail on the head when he said the problem was the thermostat”
#9. Get the ball rolling
To begin; to start some action; to set in motion.
E.g. We really need to get the ball rolling on this project. The deadline is in October, and it's already September.
#10. Thumbs Up
Shows that someone or something is good, especially when it comes to a performance or action with good results.
E.g. “That’s good. You deserve a big thumbs up for such a great presentation!”