Let’s take a look at some of the most leading business idioms starting with L.

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lame duck

meaning – useless, ineffective
example – All my boyfriends turn out to be lame ducks.

Business idioms and expressions - lame duck meaning

land on one’s feet

meaning –  be lucky/successful especially in difficult times
example – After being rejected numerous times, Ollie has landed on his feet and works for Microsoft.

business idiom - land on one’s feet

last/final straw

meaning – the final annoyance that makes someone lose their temper
example – I found my husband on a dating site. That was the last straw, we’re over.

business expressions - last straw

last-ditch attempt

meaning – the final attempt to defeat your opponent or avoid a crisis
example – The government made a last-ditch attempt to gain supporters before the vote.

business idiom - last-ditch attempt meaning

laugh all the way to the bank

meaning – make lots of money (usually from an idea people thought was foolish)
example – I put a bet on a 100/1 horse, and he won! I’m laughing all the way to the bank.

business expressions - laugh all the way to the bank

lay of the land

meaning – the current situation
example – I’m going to figure out the lay of the land before I decide to invest.

business expressions - lay of the land meaning

learn the ropes

meaning – learn the basic principles of a particular job/task/activity
example – I’ve been learning the ropes from my dad, he’s a good teacher.

Business idioms and expressions - learn the ropes

learning curve

meaning – the process of progressing, gaining experience and learning from mistakes
example – Don’t be too hard on the apprentice, she’s at the beginning of a big learning curve.

leave no stone unturned

meaning – try every way possible to achieve something
example – We’ll leave no stone unturned in the hunt for the missing teenager.

Business idioms and expressions - leave no stone unturned

leave the door open

meaning – the possibility of something happening in the future
example – I don’t want to do the course yet; can you leave the door open for me?

business idiom - leave the door open


meaning – long boring tasks that have to be done as part of a job
example – Mia has done all the legwork. She’s gathered 2000 reports and put them on a spreadsheet.

business expressions - legwork meaning

let the side down

meaning – disappoint your friends/family/colleagues
example – I want you all playing your best. If you let the side down, you’re out of the team.

business idiom - let the side down

level playing field

meaning – equal/fair conditions for everyone involved
example – The favourites have had two players sent off, it’s now a level playing field.

Business idioms and expressions - level playing field

license to print money

meaning – something with high profits and little effort
example – Renting the 6 flats I own is a license to print money.

business idiom - license to print money

line of work

meaning – the type of work a person does to earn money
example – My line of work is very dangerous, but the pay is great.

Business idioms and expressions - line of work

lion’s share

meaning – the majority
example – Jay gave the lion’s share of his lottery win to charity.

business expressions - lion's share meaning

long shot

meaning – a guess/bet/suggestion with little chance of success
example – I’ve put £10 on Tottenham to win the league. It’s a long shot, but they’re my team.

business idioms and expressions in English - long shot


meaning – evade a law/rule/contract etc.
example – I’m looking for a loophole in the tax law, I pay way too much.

business expressions - loophole meaning

lose ground

meaning – fall behind, fail to keep one’s position
example – The Lib Dems have lost ground, it’ll be interesting to see the results of the next election.

Business idioms and expressions - lose ground meaning

low blow

meaning – an unfair attack
example – Don’t humiliate him in front of his new girlfriend, it’s a low blow.

business idiom - low blow

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