Workplace Words and Phrases

1. “Hold your powder” or “Keep your powder dry” (as in gun powder) means Be quiet. Don’t assert your position or take a different position from the group.

2. “That dog won’t/don’t hunt” means that is not a good idea.

3. “Think outside the box” means be more creative and less traditional.

4. “I don’t have a nickel in that dime,” “I don’t have a dog in that fight,” or “I don’t have any skin in the game” means I don’t have any interest or involvement in the situation.

5. “Chum in the water” means to incite competition among employees or a feeding frenzy.

6. “Drill down” means conduct a comprehensive, thorough ...

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