all in the same boat
to be sharing the same difficult circumstances, often
with others who would normally be competitors
When bad weather discouraged tourists from coming to the popular seacoast resort town, the managers of the different hotels in the town knew they were
all in the same boat and decided to work cooperatively with one another.
Armed to the teeth
equipped with everything one needs for action
The worried company president had full financial statements, sales reports, new product ideas, letters of praise from major customers, and proposals for when he arrived to make his annual report to the hostile board of directors; he was armed to the teeth.
back to square one
An expression used to mean that it is necessary to stop whatever one has done on a new project and to start again completely.
When our experimental design for a new solar automobile failed totally on the first day of testing, our engineering department knew it was back to square one.
bag of tricks
The total skills, knowledge, and often secret abilities that a person has (a traditional reference to a magician’s bag).
To be a successful in today’s competitive business environment, an executive has to use everything in his bag of tricks.
blow off steam
to release frustration or anger that has been building up; also to celebrate or do something in a loud or noisy way
After a week of negotiations with the union, the workers decided to have a party and blow off steam.
a type of stock highly valuesd for its long record of steady or long term earnings; also a valuable property
The investor bought 100 shares of stock in a blue chip company.
bone of contention
a disagreement, dispute, something; a strong difference of opinion; a conflict
A bone of contention was the division of powers between the national and provincial governments.