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Business idioms

Business idioms illustrated

An idiom is a phrase or a fixed expression that has a figurative, or sometimes literal, meaning whereas Jargon is a type of language that is used in a particular context —usually a specific trade or profession— and may not be well understood outside of it. Here you have a list of some of the most common idioms used in business. This post will be regularly updated with new idioms.


  1. A company man

2. Captain of industry

3. (to) cut one’s losses Español:

4. (to) go public

business idioms

5. (to) go belly up 

6. There’s no such thing as a free lunch

expresiones en inglés expressions in Spanish

7. Green shoots (the first signs of an improvement in an economy)

money idioms economy idioms modismos sobre economía y dinero

8. Chicken feed (a very small amount of money)

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9. Big fish

10. Shark (e.g. loan shark)

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11. 800-pound gorilla

economy and finance idioms

12. (to) foot the bill

13. (to) be broke (to have no money)

money idioms

14. Money doesn’t grow on trees / Money don’t grow on trees

Native speakers will often use the form “Money don’t grow on trees” in informal situations as it’s faster to prononce “don’t”, due to the fact it has one less syllable.

money idioms

15. (to) be rolling in money / (to) be rolling in it

money idioms

16. Money talks (you can do what you want with money)

money idioms

17. Money doesn’t give happiness

business idioms

18. A rising tide lifts all boats

financial idioms

19. Time is money (e.g. In other words, in international trade, time is money)

finance idioms

20. (to) call a loan

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21. Ill-gotten gains (e.g. These ill-gotten gains are laundered and go into circulation in the legal economy).

financial jargon

22. Money laundering is the process of transforming the profits of crime and corruption into ostensibly ‘legitimate’ assets. (e.g.  The EU had also introduced measures to monitor and prevent money-laundering).

economy idioms

23. Money for jam (e.g. Selling cold drinks with a vending machine  is money for jam when it is very hot).· also money for old rope

valer su peso en oro en inglés

24. (to) be worth its weight in gold (e.g. His ideas are worth its weight in gold)

win win picture

25. It’s a win-win (Beneficial to each of the two parties)

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26. (to) skyrocket

financial idioms financial jargon

27. Margin call

finance liquid assets

28. Liquid assets

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29. Cash cow. Cell phone accessories are a cash cow for our business.

bull market stock market stock exchange

30. Bull market

financial jargon

31. Bear market

financial jargon

32. Venture capital

opa hostil en inglés

33. Hostile takeover

financial jargon idioms

34. Ninja loans

housing bubble property bubble

35. Real-estate bubble. Also: housing bubble or property bubble


36. Tax haven or tax shelter

friends and debts money

37. [Saying] A debt paid is a friend kept

38. [Saying] Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth French: Un tiens vaut mieux que deux tu l’auras

39. [Saying] A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

sayings dichos

40. A promise is a promise

A promise is a promise

41. All that glitters is not gold.

no pongas todos los huevos en la misma cesta

42. [Saying]  Don’t put all your eggs in the same basket

43. Square deal (A fair agreement)

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44. Nest egg

venta a corto

45. Short selling