1) tough break
when something unfortunatehappens
That tough break put an end to my plans!
2) back to the drawing board
to start something over and goback to the planning stage.
比如说一个公司为了要提高利润，叫雇员们提出各种建议。但是老板认为这些都行不通， 要大家从头来。The boss sent them back to the drawing board
“24/7” means 24 hours a day,seven days a week.
4) behind the scenes
Something that happens in secret or not infront of the general public
It's an exciting opportunity to learn what goes on behind the scenes.
5) change of pace
something different from a normal routine or schedule.
A change of pace will probably do you good.
6) come up short
to try to achieve something butfail.
Bill always seems to come up short of his parent's expectations.
7) big picture
Everything that is involvedwith a particular situation is called “the big picture.”
Some of these examples come from big-picture trends.
“Fifty-fifty” means something is divided
9) ahead of the curve
to be more advanced than the competition.
The technology firm invests heavily in R&D in order to keep ahead of the curve.
10) by the book
to do things according to company policy or the law. It means to followthe rules 100%.
He showed little initiative, handling all matters strictly by the book.
11) back to square one to startsomething over again.
We got a phone call from the lawyers and is was back to square one.
12) ahead of the pack
to be better or more successful than the competition.
At this stage in the campaign, the Democratic candidate is way ahead of the pack.
13) call it a day
to decide to stop working for the day.
A：I'm very tired. We're done too much work today.
B：OK，let's call it a day.
an acronym for “as soon as possible.”
15) from the ground up
when you start a business, project, or something else from zero
All I asked her to do was make a few revisions to the employee handbook. It's not like she has to create the whole thing from the ground up!
16) go broke
to go bankrupt or to lose all the money a person or business had.
The majority of small businesses go broke within the first twenty-four months
17) go down the drain
When someonewastes or loses something
A single mistake and all that time and money would go down the drain.
18) go the extra mile
to do more than what people expect.
To do your duty is not enough. You must go the extra mile.
19) go through the roof
The unemployment rate went through the roof。
20) gray area
somethingthat is undefined and not easily categorized.
Transitions aren't easy, so it's important to cut yourself some slack as you move through the gray area.
21) at stake
“At stake” means at risk.
He Chinese nation has reached a point where its very existence is at stake.
22) catch someone off guard to surprise someone by doing something that he or she wasnot expecting.
The government's decision to raise the interest rate caught everyone off guard - nobody expected it.
政府提升利率的决定令所有人猝不及防 — 没有人预料到这件事。
23) cave (or cave in)
to give in or agree tosomething that someone previously did not want to accept.
The United States should also be made aware that China will not cave in the face of American protectionism or be led by the nose
24) cut corners
to take shortcuts and find an easier or cheaper way to do something.
Government officials insist they will not let the utility cut corners on safety.
25) cut one’s losses to stop doing something that is unproductive and won’t evergenerate results.
Sometimes, there's nothing you can do to improve a situation. All you can do is cut your losses and try to find a better situation
26) A blue collar worker
someone who works with his hands(manufacturing, construction, maintenance, etc.).
27) A white-collar worker
someone who works in an office (customerservice, management, sales, etc.).
28) think big
to have ambitious goals and bigplans for the future.
If you want to succeed in business, think big.
29) think outside the box to think of creative, unconventional solutions instead ofcommon ones.
Sometimes you have to think outside the
box & and the office.
30) uphill battle
Something that is difficult toachieve because of obstacles and difficulties
苦战; 恶战; 一场硬仗;
As it seeks to influence China's rise, the U.S. faces an uphill battle because this new economic reality has a profound effect on the balance of power between the two countries.