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Business Cliches Quiz

Fill the blanks in these cliches you might have heard at an all-hands meeting.
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First submittedMarch 27, 2010
Last updatedSeptember 4, 2018
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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
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
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
level ∞
Mar 6, 2013
Updated and expanded!
level 20
Mar 19, 2013
Obviously by the fail score of 2, I lack experiencing any of these cliches from businesses.
level 83
Mar 19, 2013
"On the same wavelength" is just as common, I think.
level 70
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"?
level 66
Mar 22, 2013
I've heard both.
level 35
Sep 1, 2014
Surely "leading edge technology" if not "cutting edge technology".
level 37
Apr 24, 2013
Shouldn't it be "Can't see the forest through the trees"? Not "for the trees".
level 70
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).
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).
level 66
Sep 11, 2014
Wombat's right, in my experience. I've always heard it as "for the trees."
level 31
May 29, 2013
"Let's take this offline". I swear. If I hear that one more time.
level 55
Aug 20, 2014
When sitting in a face-to-face meeting and someone says "let's take this offline" I always want to ask them exactly which line we are taking it off of. I hate the expression - it really doesn't make sense in most cases in which I hear it used.
level 80
Jun 19, 2014
Open Kimono? Never heard that before.
level 58
Aug 20, 2014
Also, what the hell does it mean?
level 55
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!
level 67
Aug 13, 2017
First time I've heard it too
level 76
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?
level 61
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?!?!
level 72
Jan 12, 2015
Apples & pears is common too
level 64
Jul 29, 2016
At least in Texas, the phrase is "that dog DON'T hunt"
level 38
Feb 2, 2019
^ Here, here! Hurrah for Texas!
level 71
Sep 6, 2016
For "base" I was thinking nouns: knowledge, customer, client, and user.
level 55
Oct 14, 2017
There may be no "I" in team but there are 5 in "individual brilliance"
level 71
May 29, 2019
And there's an I in 'winner'.
level 78
Dec 9, 2017
why would anyone eat an elephant?
level 57
Apr 6, 2018
On the same wavelength??
level 43
Apr 13, 2019
What does “That dog will hunt” mean?