Business Cliches Quiz

Fill the blanks in these cliches you might have heard at an all-hands meeting.
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Last updated: September 4, 2018
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Cliche
Low-hanging fruit
Think outside the box
Eat the elephant one bite at a time
The ball is in your court
Take it with a grain of salt
First mover advantage
Open kimono
Hit the ground running
Cliche
Go the extra mile
Work smarter, not harder
At the end of the day
On the same page
Can't see the forest for the trees
Beat a dead horse
There is no "I" in team
Cliche
Push the envelope
Comparing apples to oranges
Touch base
Bleeding-edge technology
Put lipstick on a pig
Stick to your core competency
That dog will hunt
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Level ∞
Mar 6, 2013
Updated and expanded!
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Level 20
Mar 19, 2013
Obviously by the fail score of 2, I lack experiencing any of these cliches from businesses.
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Level 85
Mar 19, 2013
"On the same wavelength" is just as common, I think.
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Level 72
Mar 19, 2013
These are not really "business" clichés. Most of these are said by most people in all walks of life. Also, I have never heard "bleeding-edge". Don't you mean "cutting edge"?
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Level 70
Mar 22, 2013
I've heard both.
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Level 35
Sep 1, 2014
Surely "leading edge technology" if not "cutting edge technology".
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Level 50
Apr 23, 2020
I agree that these aren't business-specific. "Bleeding edge" is a real term derived from "cutting edge" or "leading edge". It refers to the idea that it can be a disadvantage to be an early adopter of a new technology, since it hasn't been properly tested yet. This means that the technology might be dangerous and accidentally harm its users, hence the "bleeding". Here's a Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bleeding_edge_technology
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Level 37
Apr 24, 2013
Shouldn't it be "Can't see the forest through the trees"? Not "for the trees".
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Level 74
Oct 10, 2013
The trees and the forest are the same thing, the forest is not beyond the trees, it is the trees. The phrase means that one is missing the bigger picture (the forest) by concentrating too much on the details (the trees).
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Level 58
Apr 3, 2014
Technically if you are at the edge of a forest, there are some trees, then the rest of the forest will stretch beyond those trees. I've always heard it as "through the trees". You can't see the bigger picture (the forest), because you can't past/around/through the small things (trees).
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Level 82
Jun 19, 2014
Open Kimono? Never heard that before.
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Level 58
Aug 20, 2014
Also, what the hell does it mean?
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Level 54
Aug 20, 2014
I laughed out loud in a meeting the first time I heard this. Apparently it's fairly common. It just means (to use another cliche), lay all your cards on the table and share everything openly and freely with one another. You know.. like opening your kimono when you have nothing on underneath!
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Level 70
Apr 23, 2020
Must be an Asian expression.
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Level 68
Aug 13, 2017
First time I've heard it too
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Level 78
Jul 10, 2014
I was walking the wrong road for base. I tried data, customer, first, but no touch. I also never heard bleeding-edge technology, only cutting. Would you accept cutting?
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Level 64
Jan 12, 2018
How do you accept cutting edge, when they give you the word bleeding??? Also, although similar, bleeding edge is more cutting edge than cutting edge. There, crystal clear right?!?!
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Level 75
Jan 12, 2015
Apples & pears is common too
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Level 64
Jul 29, 2016
At least in Texas, the phrase is "that dog DON'T hunt"
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Level 38
Feb 2, 2019
^ Here, here! Hurrah for Texas!
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Level 72
Sep 6, 2016
For "base" I was thinking nouns: knowledge, customer, client, and user.
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Level 82
Dec 9, 2017
why would anyone eat an elephant?
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Level 62
Apr 6, 2018
On the same wavelength??
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Level 44
Apr 13, 2019
What does “That dog will hunt” mean?
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Level 79
Oct 27, 2019
I've never had elephant but I did have whale bacon once. Wouldn't recommend it.
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Level 66
Oct 27, 2019
Maybe broaden it to "put makeup on a pig" because I've definitely heard both; or, at least accept makeup as an option, since they do have the same effect.
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Level 50
Apr 23, 2020
Please accept "early" for "first mover advantage".