Study English phrasal verbs for business! Learning phrasal verbs can be difficult, but by learning a few new phrasal verbs a day you will improve your English. You can use these business English phrasal verbs at work or in informal English to speak about topics including work, money, and finance..
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Let’s learn some phrasal verbs for business!
The phrasal verbs with an asterisk (*) are inseparable. When the direct object is a pronoun, it must be placed in the middle of a two-word phrasal verb. Example: Jane put them away. NOT: Jane put away them.
Back/Pull out of
to retreat from, after a period of initial interest
He spent three weeks getting the financing together, but then the seller pulled out of the deal.
to give a financially troubled institution with capital
After the crash in 2008, many banks and companies had to be bailed out with taxpayer money.
to take over a company or to purchase shares from others s
Bob and Marcos started that car wash twenty years ago, and when Bob decided to go back to college, Marcos bought him out.
to deny oneself certain comforts or benefits, usually because of financial reasons
“Why does Chris look so tired?”
“Ever since the budget cuts in his department, he’s had to do without business class air travel.”
to produce something with much difficulty
After many sleepless nights, Congress hammered out the 2015 Federal Budget.
Sandra got her MBA at Wharton and now she heads up IBM.
To perfect, to remove flaws
Lets get the legal team to iron out the details on these contracts!
to finalize something
Lucy and Stephan need to nail down their marketing campaign.
to decline from an option
If the same workshop is being offered next week, I’ll opt out today.
to repay, to return a loan
Don’t lend Hunter any money. He won’t pay you back.
to make a lot of money
With their integrated ad campaign, Youtube is raking in the cash.
to pay for something
Sue’s sign was destroyed in the hurricane. Now she has to shell out for a new one.
to provide money
Every month I have to cough up $700 in condo fees. For what?!?
to save something for later
The remainder of the budget will be put aside for future use.
to exceed a planned amount of money or time
The condominium project has run over the original budget.
to make a mistake
Tom outsourced the report to Bangladesh, and they screwed it up.
See to (it that)
to take care of something, to make sure something is done
Please see to it it that the accounting department has the correct numbers.
The CEO of the company just stepped down after the big scandal.
Put in (an offer)
Since there are multiple bidders, we need to put in a generous offer.
to go bankrupt
Delorean went under because the cars were not practical enough.
to be occupied
After years of having my money tied up in real estate, I now understand the true value of liquidity.
to buy another company
In the 1980s, corporate raiders often took over rival companies.
Dip into (savings)
to use a small amount
We’re still 5% short, we’ll have to dip into next year’s budget.
to barely make it
Netscape has been scraping by for years. When will they go under?
It’s difficult to get by in this economy, but diversifying will help.
Pay off (someone*)
to reward/ to bribe*
This contract will definitely pay off. But first we have to pay off the mayor.
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