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Edustation's blog > 10 Business English Phrasal Verbs

10 Business English Phrasal Verbs

Added by Tomasz H. 3 March 2015 in category: English, Learning tips, Lexicon

get ahead

To be successful in career or life, to make more progress than others.

I work hard every day, but I can't seem to get ahead in my job.


close down

Stop operating

This shop will have to close down if they raise taxes.

run by/past

To show an idea or proposal to that person and ask for their approval or feedback

Please run those ideas by me again - I didn't hear them all.


draw up

To compose the document and put it in written form.

My lawyer will draw up a contract.


burn out

To work too hard, so that you become completely stressed and exhausted.

John burned himself out in that job.


pencil in

To set the appointment, but not confirm it as final.

We penciled him in for lunch next Monday.

zero in on

To focus closely on it

We must zero in on the exact combination of ingredients.

lay off

To put an end to someone's employment at something.

The sales department had to lay off a couple of people.

measure up

To compare well to someone or something

This product measure up to my expectations.


sign off on

To give official approval for it.

The publisher signed off on the book and sent it to be printed.

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