Business idioms

It cost an arm and a leg!
It cost an arm and a leg!

Idioms are fixed phrases with a specific meaning.

Our latest video looks at idioms about time and money that are common in the business world. After you watch, test yourself with the quiz.

Now test yourself. The answers are at the bottom of the page.

Quiz 1

Choose the correct definition for each idiom.

1. at the eleventh hour

  1. go at your own pace
  2. at the last possible moment
  3. very quickly

2. stony broke

  1. have no money
  2. do something quickly and cheaply
  3. very expensive

3. in no time

  1. not up to date
  2. very quickly
  3. go at your own pace

4. cost an arm and a leg

  1. in debt
  2. have no money
  3. very expensive

Quiz 2

Choose the correct idiom to complete each sentence.

1. Don’t rush. It’s better to ____ and get it right the first time.

  1. take your time
  2. cost an arm and a leg
  3. cut costs

2. They are so _____ .They don’t even use Facebook and Twitter.

  1. in the red
  2. stony broke
  3. behind the times

3. It’s no surprise the company went out of business. They’d been _____ for nearly 2 years.

  1. in the red
  2. behind the times
  3. at the eleventh hour

4. If you _____ now, it can sometimes be more expensive in the long-term.

  1. take your time
  2. cut corners
  3. cost an arm and a leg

by Barney

 

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Answers:

Quiz 1: 1. b, 2. a, 3. b, 4. c

Quiz 2: 1. a, 2. c, 3. a, 4. b

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