There are many American English idioms that are used in the workplace. Here are some of the most common ones Business professionals need to know.

Bail – to leave a place abruptly

24/7 (pronounced twenty-four seven) – working non-stop, 7 days a week

A buck – slang term for an American dollar

To call it a day – to stop working for the day

Pull the plug – to stop working on something

Pull one’s weight – to do one’s share of the work

Reality check – to think realistically about a situation

To step up to the plate – to do one’s best

To bite the bullet – to make a difficult decision

Keep something under wraps – to keep something secret

Hang out — To casually gather together or spend time with someone in a social manner

My gut tells me – my instinct is telling me something

Knock — To speak negatively, to disparage, to badmouth

Lighten up — To relax and take things too seriously. Typically stated as an appeal to someone who is acting uptight

Piece of cake — A metaphor to describe something that is easy or effortless

Plead the fifth — References the fifth amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which allows a witness in court to refuse questions on the grounds that they risk self-incrimination

Screw up — To make a mistake, i.e. mess up

Pass the buck – to blame someone else for something

To keep one’s eye on the prize – to stay focused on the end result and not let minor setbacks get in the way

Wrap something up – To finish or complete something

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