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1. hard-nosed 頑固な; 抜け目ない; 実務的な
To succeed at this job you really need to work hard and produce. You need to be hard-nosed.
2. fat cat 金持ち; 特権をもつ富豪
Those fat cats from the city are trying to buy up my property to build a luxury hotel.
3. high flier 野心家; 大げさな言動の人
She works really hard and has gotten many promotions. She's a real high flier .
4. cook the books 帳簿をごまかす，数字を操作する
Enron's accounts were completely phony. They had been cooking the books for years.
5. earth shattering 非常に重大［重要］な
This new energy source will be completely free. It's earth shattering news!
6. big fish in a small pond 猿山のボス
He thinks he is really important but he is only really a big fish in a small pond.
7. tight ship ちゃんと働かせている、管理している
He is a very well organized manager, he runs a really tight ship.
8. make a killing 大儲けする
We can buy this really cheap and sell them for a lot. We're gonna make a killing.
9. golden parachute 企業買収・乗っ取りが会社幹部にもたらす金銭的な恩恵
After retiring the executive was given stock worth several million dollars, a very nice golden parachute .
10. hand in the till 現行犯で
The accountant had stolen a lot of money. We found out he had had his hand in the till for years.
11. big shot 顔役, 有力者
Dan is a famous property developer, he's one of the big shots in the industry.
12. hang up your hat 退職
After 40 years, isn't it time for you to hang up your hat, and let someone else worry about the business?
13. cash cow もうかる商品
DVD sales in asia cost the movie company very little and generates very high revenues. It's a real cash cow.
14. ahead of the pack 先頭を走って、一歩抜きん出て、リードして
If you want to succeed in this business you need to always stay ahead of the pack .
15. drive a hard bargain 商売上手、値切り上手
It took nearly 3 months of negotiations to license the product. They drove a very hard bargain .
16. corner the market 市場を独占する
If we start selling the product soon, I think we can corner the market and no one else will be able to compete.
17. cut a deal 取引する
I think the company is in bad shape so I can cut a deal to buy the product very cheap.
18. red ink 赤字.
If we don't cut expenses and improve sales, we're gonna be swimming in red-ink.
19. bang for the buck お金の喜び
We get much more bang for the buck when we use the Internet to advertise.
20. cut your losses 損失が少ないうちに見切りをつける
The consultant advised us to sell off our unprofitable subsidiaries in order to cut our losses.