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100 Commonly Used Business Phrasal Verbs with Examples
100个常用商务短语动词举例



1. Aim for – to make it a goal or target.
1.目标-使之成为目标或目标。



You need to aim for four more clients this month.
这个月你需要争取另外四个客户。



2. Ask around – to ask multiple people to find the answer to something.
2.四处询问——让多个人找到某件事情的答案。



Tim, could you please ask around and find out what causing this problem?
蒂姆,你能四处问问是什么引起这个问题吗?



3. Back up #1 – To make a copy of something to protect against loss.
三.备份1–复制一些东西以防丢失。



Please make sure to back up all your work each day on the company’s server.
请确保每天在公司服务器上备份所有工作。



4. Back up #2 – To talk about an earlier point in a conversation.
4.倒退2–谈论谈话的前一点。



Let’s back up for a minute. You said earlier that the customer couldn’t log in?
让我们往前一分钟。你刚才说客户不能登录?



5. Bail out – to save from, or pull out of, failure/loss. (most often using money).
5.纾困——从失败/损失中拯救或撤出。(最常用的是用钱)。



In 2008-2009, the US government had to bail out many banks.  
2008-2009年,美国政府不得不救助许多银行。



Bail out of – to leave quickly when unfinished. (see also: pull out)
跳出-未完成时快速离开。(另请参见:拉出)



We had to bail out of the Sydney deal. We didn’t have the manpower to complete it.
我们不得不从悉尼交易中脱身。我们没有人力来完成。



Bank on – to count on something or base plans on expecting it to happen.
指望——指望某事或计划能发生。



The design team at Toyota were banking on the new Escobar line to be a success.
丰田的设计团队指望新的Escobar系列能取得成功。



Be snowed under – to have a lot or too much work to do.
被大雪覆盖-有很多或太多的工作要做。



I am snowed under this week. Can we do it next week?
这星期我下雪了。我们下周能做吗?



Booked out – when all tickets or spaces are already reserved or taken.
已预订-当所有车票或车位都已预订或占用时。



Our business event is nearly booked out because of ticket pre-orders.
由于预购机票,我们的商务活动几乎被预订一空。



Branch out – to start something new that is similar and in addition to what you have been doing.
开拓领域-开始一些新的东西,是相似的,除了你一直在做的。



The electric car company, Tesla, is branching out into the motorcycle industry.
电动汽车公司特斯拉正在向摩托车行业发展。



Break down – to make something into smaller parts.
分解-把某物分成更小的部分。



We need to break down our sales process to see where we can improve it.
我们需要打破我们的销售流程,看看我们能在哪里改进它。



Break into – to enter a new market (with effort).
打入一个新的市场。



It’s tough to break into the beauty industry right now.
现在很难打入美容行业。



Bring forward – to move a deadline or agreed time closer to now.
提前-将最后期限或约定的时间移到现在。



Do you mind if we bring our meeting forward to 3 o’clock?
你介意我们把会议提前到3点吗?



Bring off – to successfully achieve something that is difficult to do.
成功地完成一些很难做到的事情。



Tony promised two times more sales this March. Think he can bring it off?
托尼答应今年三月再增加两倍的销售量。你觉得他能成功吗?



Bring up – to begin a discussion on a topic.
提出-开始一个话题的讨论。



I would like to bring up the problems we’re facing in our Asian factories.
我想提出我们在亚洲工厂面临的问题。



Burn out – to become sick or exhausted because of working too much.
筋疲力尽——由于工作太多而生病或筋疲力尽。



Jill looks burned out this year. I think the change of job has been tough for her.
吉尔今年看起来精疲力尽。我认为换工作对她来说很难。



Buy out – to buy a large enough portion of a company to take control of it.
收购——收购一家公司足够大的一部分来控制它。



Many companies buy out their competitors to increase their market share.
许多公司买下竞争对手以增加他们的市场份额。



Call back – to phone someone in reply to their (missed) call.
回拨-给某人打电话以回复他们(未接)的电话。



Sarah, could you tell Tom I’ll call him back later? I’m going to a meeting right now.
莎拉,你能告诉汤姆我过会儿再打给他吗?我现在要去开会。



Call for – to demand or need something.
要求-要求或需要某物。



The shareholders are calling for the CEO’s resignation.
股东们要求首席执行官辞职。



Call off – to cancel.
取消–取消。



Sorry John, I’m going to have to call off our business lunch tomorrow.
对不起,约翰,我明天要取消我们的商务午餐。



Carry on – to continue to do something.
继续-继续做某事。



Carry on with your lunch. We can discuss it later.
继续吃午饭吧。我们可以稍后再讨论。



Carry out – to perform an action.
执行-执行一个动作。



Steve will carry out our social media campaign starting next month.
史蒂夫将从下个月开始开展我们的社交媒体活动。



Cash in on – to use an event or external opportunity in your benefit (normally for money).
兑现——利用一个事件或外部机会为自己谋取利益(通常是为了钱)。



Colgate is cashing in on market interest in natural products with a new organic toothpaste.
高露洁正在利用一种新的有机牙膏在市场上对天然产品的兴趣。



Cash up – to keep/hold large amounts of money instead of investing or spending it.
套现——保留/持有大量资金,而不是投资或消费。



Apple is cashed up and ready to buy small tech companies.
苹果已经兑现并准备收购小型科技公司。



Catch on to – to realize something that is happening.
抓住-意识到正在发生的事情。



If large media companies don’t catch on to social media quickly, they’ll go out of business.
如果大型媒体公司不迅速赶上社交媒体,它们就会倒闭。



Catch up – to become up to date with current work to be done.
赶上进度-跟上当前要完成的工作。



I need to catch up with some work I haven’t finished.
我需要赶上一些我还没做完的工作。



Chase up – to try and get someone to pay a bill.
追查——试着找人付账。



Tesla has a whole team of accountants who chase up unpaid invoices.
特斯拉有一个完整的会计团队负责追查未付的发票。



Chip in – to put something in towards a greater goal (normally ideas, work, or money).
投入——把某物投入一个更大的目标(通常是想法、工作或金钱)。



Jerry, could you chip in and help the guys in the factory today?
杰瑞,你今天能插手帮助工厂里的人吗?



Close down – to permanently stop a business, or part of a business.
关闭-永久性地停止一项业务或一部分业务。



We are closing down our Mexico factory next quarter.
下个季度我们将关闭墨西哥工厂。



Close up – to temporarily stop or close a business (at the end of each day for example).
关闭-暂时停止或关闭业务(例如每天结束时)。



Could you help Sarah close up the shop tonight?
今晚你能帮莎拉把商店关起来吗?



Come up –to happen or be created.
出现-发生或被创造。



Something unplanned has come up and we won’t make our deadline.
有些意外的事情发生了,我们不能按时完成。



Contract out to – to give work to someone outside of the company to do.
把工作交给公司以外的人去做。



We’re going to contract our website design out to an Indian company
我们将把网站设计外包给一家印度公司



Cross sell – to promote or suggest similar products at the time of customers purchase.
交叉销售-在客户购买时推广或建议同类产品。



Companies like Vista Print and Amazon use cross selling to maximize spending.
像vista print和amazon这样的公司使用交叉销售来最大化支出。



Cut out – to get rid of, or take away, something/someone.
删掉-去掉或拿走某物/某人。



If we cut out the middle man we can lower our costs.
如果我们去掉中间人,我们就能降低成本。



Deal with – to handle, work, or interact with, something/someone.
处理-处理、工作或与某物/某人互动。



Our company deals with dentists all over the country.
我们公司与全国各地的牙医打交道。



Draw up – to prepare paperwork/contracts/plans/etc. Normally to do with written work.
起草-准备书面文件/合同/计划等。



Let’s talk again after Timothy in our legal department draws up a contract.
我们法律部的蒂莫西起草合同后再谈吧。



Drop in/by – to visit.
顺便来看看。



Greg from head office is going to drop in
总部的格雷格要来拜访。



Drop off – to deliver something.
下车-送东西。



The FedEx guy dropped off something for you this morning, sir.
今天早上联邦快递的人给你送了东西,先生。



Drum up – to increase or gain something. Normally business/sales/awareness/customers.
鼓起-增加或获得某物。通常业务/销售/意识/客户。



Little bakeries are having a hard time drumming up business after Tesco opened its own in-store bakeries.
在乐购开设自己的店内面包店后,小面包店正忙着打鼓生意。



Fall short – to not have enough of something. Often money or time.
做不到-没有足够的东西。通常是金钱或时间。



If a cash register falls short, the cashier has to pay the difference themselves.
如果收银机缺钱,出纳员必须自己付差额。



Fall through – to not be successful. To fail or lose something.
失败-不成功。失败或失去某物



Google had a deal to sell to Yahoo! ten years ago but it fell through.
谷歌有一笔交易要卖给雅虎!十年前但是失败了。



File away – to put in organized storage (normally documents, and files)
文件存放-存放在有组织的存储中(通常是文档和文件)



Remember to file away those invoices after you’re finished with them.
别忘了把那些发票用完后归档。



Fill in for – to temporarily replace something or someone.
填写-临时替换某物或某人。



Can you come into work today? We need someone to fill in for Sam, who’s sick.
你今天能上班吗?山姆病了,我们需要有人来代替他。



Fill out – to complete or put details into a form or survey.
填写-完成或将细节放入表格或调查中。



Could you please take the time to fill out our customer survey?
请您花点时间填写我们的客户调查表好吗?



Find out – look for information or to discover something previously unknown.
发现-寻找信息或发现以前未知的东西。



Tom, please find out what happened to the supplier’s delivery.
汤姆,请查查供应商的交货情况。



Get ahead – to become successful in your career or business.
勇往直前-在事业或事业上取得成功。



You have to be tough to get ahead in the finance industry.
要想在金融业取得领先地位,你必须坚强。



Get on – to make improvement or progress.
继续前进-取得进步或进步。



How did you get on with the marketing plan this week?
这周你是如何进行市场营销计划的?



Go through – to read, discuss, or examine something, usually paper.
阅读,讨论,或检查一些东西,通常是纸。



Tom from legal will get back to us after going through the contracts.
法务部的汤姆在签完合同后会回来找我们的。



Hire out – to allow others to use a resource you own in return for money.
出租-允许他人使用你拥有的资源来换取金钱。



The boss wants to hire out the 3rd floor of our office building to a small business.
老板想把我们办公楼的三楼出租给一家小企业。



Hold off on – to postpone something until a later date.
推迟——把某事推迟到以后的日期。



They will need to hold off on the release of their new phone until they fix the battery.
他们需要推迟新手机的发布,直到他们修好电池。



Hold on – to wait (usually for a small period of time).
坚持——等待(通常是很小的一段时间)。



Please hold on for a minute until I finish this call.
请稍等,直到我打完电话。



Hold out – to wait before taking action or remain in the same difficult situation.
坚持——在行动之前等待,或处于同样困难的境地。



Sir, I think we should hold out for a better offer before selling.
先生,我想我们应该在出售前先争取一个更好的报价。



Hone in on – to focus on one thing. Or, to focus down in detail.
专注于一件事。或者,把注意力放在细节上。



GoPro has been successful in honing in on the extreme sports market.
Gopro已经成功地在极限运动市场上磨练了。



Join in on – to take part in an activity.
参加-参加一项活动。



Let’s get Steve from accounting to join in on this meeting.
让会计部的史蒂夫参加这次会议。



Keep up with – to stay up to date. Or to stay at the same level or speed as something else.
跟上-保持最新。或者保持与其他事物相同的水平或速度。



Small businesses find it difficult to keep up with technology changes.
小企业发现很难跟上技术的变化。



Key in – to type something on a computer or keyboard.
键入-在计算机或键盘上键入内容。



We’re looking for a data entry specialist to key in customer’s purchase history.
我们正在寻找一个数据输入专家来输入客户的购买历史。



Knuckle down – to focus on the task or job to be done.
全神贯注——专注于要完成的任务或工作。



The design team will have to really knuckle down to finish this by Christmas.
设计团队必须全力以赴在圣诞节前完成这项工作。



Lay off – to fire. To tell to leave the company.
解雇-解雇。告诉他离开公司。



They had to lay off He was stealing paperclips.
他们不得不解雇他,因为他在偷回形针。



Look into – to research to find more information.
调查-研究以发现更多信息。



Our office keeps losing paperclips. Can you please look into it Stacy?
我们的办公室老是丢回形针。你能帮我查一下吗史黛西?



Look through – to examine or read briefly on the surface
浏览-在表面上检查或简短地阅读



The team had a quick look through your proposal.
小组很快就看完了你的建议。



Look up to – to respect and admire.
尊敬-尊敬和钦佩。



I know you look up to Larry like a father, which makes this hard.
我知道你像父亲一样尊敬拉里,这让事情变得很难。



Make up – to compensate for something. (also see: Catch up)
补偿-补偿某物。(另见:追赶)



There’s a lot to do today. The office needs to make up for being closed last week.
今天有很多事要做。这间办公室需要弥补上星期关门的损失。



Measure up – to be at the right level or good enough to do something.
衡量——处于正确的水平或足够好地做某事。



We hired an ex-Apple Marketing Director. I hope he measures up to expectations.
我们雇了一位前苹果市场总监。我希望他能达到预期。



Meet up – to get together.
相聚——相聚。



The department heads are meeting up next week to talk about Larry’s behavior.
部门主管下周开会讨论拉里的行为。



note down – to write something quickly to use again later.
记下来——快速地写下一些东西以便以后再次使用。



Stacy, could you join us and note down the key points to the meeting?
史黛西,你能和我们一起记下会议的要点吗?



Pencil in – To make flexible plans for something that can still change.
临时安排-为一些仍然可以改变的事情制定灵活的计划。



Shall we pencil in next Wednesday at 1 pm for your interview?
我们下星期三下午一点来面试好吗?



Phone up – to call by phone.
打电话——打电话。



Customers have been phoning up with complaints about the new Furby toy.
顾客们一直打电话投诉新的富比玩具。



Pick up – to increase or improve after a period of slow or no results.
恢复-在一段时间缓慢或没有结果后增加或改善。



Business really has really picked up since the month of June.
六月份以来生意真的很好。



Point out – to bring attention to something.
指出-引起对某事的注意。



I need to point out that we have not yet decided on new product’s name yet.
我需要指出的是,我们还没有决定新产品的名称。



Pull out of – to stop doing something. Or, to stop being a part of something.
退出-停止做某事。或者,停止成为某件事的一部分。



Many companies are pulling out of their advertising contracts with YouTube.
许多公司正退出与youtube的广告合同。



Put back –to stall or delay something to a later date (also see: Hold off on)
推迟——推迟或推迟某物的日期(另见:推迟)



The delivery date will be put back by two days because of the hurricane.
由于飓风的影响,交货期将推迟两天。



Put off – to know longer feel positive about something.
推迟——去了解更多对某事的积极感觉。



Many Samsung customers were put off by the Note 7 battery problems.
许多三星的客户被Note7电池问题耽搁了。



Report Back – to return to a boss or superior person with new information found.
向上司或上级汇报新的信息。



It’s part of your job to report back any issues you find within the company’s servers.
报告在公司服务器中发现的任何问题是您工作的一部分。



Rip off – when a product/service is expensive in comparison to its value.
次品-当产品/服务比它的价值昂贵时。



Some say the iPhone 7 is a rip off because little has been changed since the iPhone 6.
有人说iPhone7是个骗局,因为自iPhone6以来几乎没有什么变化。



Run by / past – to check with someone first.
路过/路过-先和某人确认一下。



Shouldn’t we run it by the supervisor, first?
我们不应该先由主管来处理吗?



Run late – when you will not be somewhere at the planned time.
晚点——你不会在计划的时间出现在某个地方。



He is running a little late this morning because of traffic.
由于交通堵塞,他今天早上有迟到。



Run out of – to not have any more of an item.
用完-不再拥有任何物品。



We are about to run out of printing ink, could you order more, please?
我们的墨水快用完了,请再点一点好吗?



Sell off – to sell a part of or a whole business.
出售-出售部分或全部业务。



Nokia plans to sell off its mobile phone department to Samsung.
诺基亚计划将其手机部门出售给三星。



Sell out – to have sold all items of something with nothing left.
卖完——把某物的所有东西都卖光了。



We always sell out of that perfume brand during this time of year.
在每年的这个时候,我们总是卖掉那个香水品牌。



Set up – to arrange/create. Or, to start a new business or a new department of a business
设置-安排/创建。或者,开办一家新公司或一个新部门



Virgin Airways plans to set up offices in Berlin next year.
维珍航空计划明年在柏林设立办事处。



Shop around – to compare prices and products at different places before buying.
货比三家——在购买前比较不同地方的价格和产品。



Most large companies constantly shop around for the cheapest materials.
大多数大公司经常到处采购最便宜的材料。



Sign off on – to formally approve of something
签字-正式批准某事



You’re going to need the boss to sign off on this order.
你需要老板在这张订单上签字。



Sign up – to agree to receive or to do something.
注册-同意接收或做某事。



Many website companies want their site’s visitors to sign up for a newsletter.
许多网站公司希望他们网站的访问者注册一份时事通讯。



Sort out – to fix or solve a problem.
解决-解决或解决一个问题。



The company had to recall all the phones to sort out the battery problem.
公司不得不召回所有的电话来解决电池问题。



Spell out – to explain in plain and simple terms.
用简单明了的语言解释。



Tech companies need to really spell out their product’s advantages to customers.
科技公司需要真正向客户阐明他们产品的优势。



Step Down – to give up their position or title.
下台-放弃他们的职位或头衔。



The CEO of Malaysia Airways stepped down on Tuesday after the news report.
马来西亚航空首席执行官周二在新闻报道后辞职。



Step up – to try/work harder
更上一层楼-努力工作



Our company needs to step it up if we want to compete with Tesla.
如果我们想和特斯拉竞争,我们公司需要加大力度。



Stock up – to collect or buy a lot of something.
备货——收集或购买很多东西。



Most restaurants stock up on champagne before New Year’s Eve.
大多数餐馆在除夕夜前都备有香槟。



Take off #1 – to become highly successful or popular quickly.
迅速走红1-迅速成为非常成功或受欢迎的人。



The Harry Potter books took off even faster than the publisher expected.
哈利波特的书比出版商预期的要快得多。



Take off #2 – to not go to work.
请假2-不去上班。



Boss, can I take Tuesday off to visit my friend in the hospital?
老板,星期二我可以请假去医院看我的朋友吗?



Take on – to accept or agree to deal with.
接受或同意处理。



The boss thinks that you’ve taken on too much work and wants me to help you.
老板认为你承担了太多的工作,要我帮你。



Take over – to gain control. Or, to do something someone else was responsible for.
接管-获得控制权。或者,做别人应该负责的事。



The Financial controller has taken over the accountants duties.
财务总监接管了会计师的职责。



Talk over – to discuss a topic for decision.
讨论-讨论一个要做决定的话题。



Let’s talk it over tomorrow during the Sales meeting.
我们明天在销售会议上再谈吧。



Team up – to work together with another on something.
团队合作-在某件事情上与另一个人一起工作。



Malcolm and John, you two team up to solve this issue.
马尔科姆和约翰,你们两个一起解决这个问题。



Trade in – to give something old as part of the price paid for new things.
以旧换新——以旧换新。



All customers get $100 off the new S8 when trading in their old S7.
所有顾客在旧的s7上交易时都能从新的s8上得到100美元的折扣。



Trade off – to negotiate or make a deal
权衡——谈判或达成交易



I had to trade off my paid vacation leave for a smaller workload.
我不得不把带薪休假换成一个小工作量的工作。



Turn down – to reject or say no.
拒绝-拒绝或拒绝。



He turned down my request for a raise
他拒绝了我的加薪要求



Up sell – to promote a more premium product option or add-ons during the sales process.
追加销售–在销售过程中推广更优质的产品选项或附加组件。



McDonald’s up sells at every opportunity. “Want to make it jumbo size for $1?”
麦当劳每一个机会都在销售。“想把它做成1美元的特大号吗?“。”



Weigh up – to think about both sides of something. Ie cost vs benefit.
举重——思考事物的两面。即成本与效益。



A company must weigh up the costs and benefits when changing their pricing.
公司在改变定价时必须权衡成本和收益。



Work out –to find the solution for something or to calculate something.
解决-为某事找到解决方案或计算某事。



The boss wants me to work out the total cost per unit.
老板要我计算出每个单位的总成本。


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