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Useful English Phrases for BusinessThumbs and businessA rule of thumbA rule of thumb is a basic principle or way of doing something.Ex1.As a rule of thumb, I don't work past 7pm.Ex2.Ms. Jones: The intern is doing a great job. If we'd like to hire her on, what would be the next step?Mr. Okamoto: As a rule of thumb, all new hires have to go through the same recruiting process. However, if you write her a letter of recommendation it will put her at the top of the applicant list.Be under one's thumbIf you are under someone's thumb, they are in total control of you.Ex1.I started my own business so that I would not be under anyone else's thumb.Ex2.Ms. Jones: I need some additional budget for the upcoming marketing campaign, but the accounting department denied my request.Mr. Okamoto: At the end of the day, we are under their thumb when it comes to budget. I'll bring it up in the next executive manager's meting and see what can be done.Twiddle one's thumbsWhen you twiddle your thumbs, you do nothing or are waiting for something to happen.Ex1.I prefer being busy at work and hate it when I have to sit around twiddling my thumbs.Ex2.Ms. Jones: How did the executive meeting go? We have been basically twiddling our thumbs all week waiting for the decision on the budget.Mr. Okamoto: They okayed 80% of what you requested, and the remainder you will have to wait for until next fiscal quarter. I hope that works for you.Stand out like a sore thumbIf you stand out like a sore thumb you are conspicuous or out of place.Ex1. When traveling in India, I feel like I stand out like a sore thumb.Ex2.Ms. Jones: Is the company dinner this Friday formal or informal. I don't want to stand out like a sore thumb!Mr. Okamoto: Since we have a "casual Friday's" policy, the dinner party is going to be informal this time.Give the thumbs up If you give someone or something the thumbs up, you approve of it.Ex1.I never give a pr