There’s no argument about it. Idioms are bizarre. If you’ve ever been told to “think outside the box” or to “grab the bull by the horns”, then you’ll have heard an idiom — phrases with a meaning that differ from the true definition of the words.
Many of us have come across plenty of idioms in the workplace. Idioms are some of the most common business sayings in the nine-to-five day. But where do they come from? And what do they mean? Just like buzzwords and business jargon, idioms aren’t always our favourite things to read or hear. Many might make you laugh, while others will be as clear as mud. And some are just irritating.
At Jellyfish, our teams stretch across the globe, from London to Dubai to Tokyo. So, in a bid to demystify well-known idioms and other popular sayings, we crowdsourced from our large pool of talented staff to learn the most common expressions heard in the workplace. If you’ve ever wondered what it means if the soup costs more than the meatballs, read on to find out.