Business Cliches Quiz

Fill the blanks in these cliches you might have heard at an all-hands meeting.
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Last updated: September 4, 2018
First submittedMarch 27, 2010
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Cliche
Low-hanging fruit
Think outside the box
Eat the elephant one bite at a time
The ball is in your court
Take it with a grain of salt
First mover advantage
Open kimono
Hit the ground running
Cliche
Go the extra mile
Work smarter, not harder
At the end of the day
On the same page
Can't see the forest for the trees
Beat a dead horse
There is no "I" in team
Cliche
Push the envelope
Comparing apples to oranges
Touch base
Bleeding-edge technology
Put lipstick on a pig
Stick to your core competency
That dog will hunt
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Level ∞
Mar 6, 2013
Updated and expanded!
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Level 23
Mar 19, 2013
Obviously by the fail score of 2, I lack experiencing any of these cliches from businesses.
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Level 88
Mar 19, 2013
"On the same wavelength" is just as common, I think.
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Level 73
Mar 19, 2013
These are not really "business" clichés. Most of these are said by most people in all walks of life. Also, I have never heard "bleeding-edge". Don't you mean "cutting edge"?
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Level 76
Mar 22, 2013
I've heard both.
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Level 34
Sep 1, 2014
Surely "leading edge technology" if not "cutting edge technology".
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Level 58
Apr 23, 2020
I agree that these aren't business-specific.

"Bleeding edge" is a real term derived from "cutting edge" or "leading edge". It refers to the idea that it can be a disadvantage to be an early adopter of a new technology, since it hasn't been properly tested yet. This means that the technology might be dangerous and accidentally harm its users, hence the "bleeding". Here's a Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bleeding_edge_technology

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Level 37
Apr 24, 2013
Shouldn't it be "Can't see the forest through the trees"? Not "for the trees".
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Level 75
Oct 10, 2013
The trees and the forest are the same thing, the forest is not beyond the trees, it is the trees. The phrase means that one is missing the bigger picture (the forest) by concentrating too much on the details (the trees).
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Level 57
Apr 3, 2014
Technically if you are at the edge of a forest, there are some trees, then the rest of the forest will stretch beyond those trees. I've always heard it as "through the trees". You can't see the bigger picture (the forest), because you can't past/around/through the small things (trees).
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Level 87
Jun 19, 2014
Open Kimono? Never heard that before.
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Level 56
Aug 20, 2014
Also, what the hell does it mean?
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Level 54
Aug 20, 2014
I laughed out loud in a meeting the first time I heard this. Apparently it's fairly common. It just means (to use another cliche), lay all your cards on the table and share everything openly and freely with one another. You know.. like opening your kimono when you have nothing on underneath!
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Level 74
Apr 23, 2020
Must be an Asian expression.
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Level 70
Aug 13, 2017
First time I've heard it too
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Level 77
Jul 10, 2014
I was walking the wrong road for base. I tried data, customer, first, but no touch. I also never heard bleeding-edge technology, only cutting. Would you accept cutting?
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Level 65
Jan 12, 2018
How do you accept cutting edge, when they give you the word bleeding??? Also, although similar, bleeding edge is more cutting edge than cutting edge. There, crystal clear right?!?!
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Level 75
Jan 12, 2015
Apples & pears is common too
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Level 66
Jul 29, 2016
At least in Texas, the phrase is "that dog DON'T hunt"
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Level 37
Feb 2, 2019
^ Here, here! Hurrah for Texas!
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Level 71
Sep 6, 2016
For "base" I was thinking nouns: knowledge, customer, client, and user.
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Level 89
Dec 9, 2017
why would anyone eat an elephant?
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Level 83
Mar 12, 2021
Because kangaroos are much harder to catch. I can't believe I have to explain this.
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Level 67
Apr 6, 2018
On the same wavelength??
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Level 44
Apr 13, 2019
What does “That dog will hunt” mean?
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Level 83
Oct 27, 2019
I've never had elephant but I did have whale bacon once. Wouldn't recommend it.
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Level 73
Oct 27, 2019
Maybe broaden it to "put makeup on a pig" because I've definitely heard both; or, at least accept makeup as an option, since they do have the same effect.
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Level 58
Apr 23, 2020
Please accept "early" for "first mover advantage".
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Level 83
Mar 12, 2021
I've been in business for more than 40 years and have never heard of "open kimono" or "bleeding-edge technology". I should probably move my lemonade stand to a higher-traffic location.
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Level 65
Dec 17, 2021
For "base," could you make the prompt "Let's _____ base"? Right now it feels like it's looking for a noun phrase. I tried "knowledge base."