Business Jargon

Sometimes known as corporate speak, jargon can be found throughout the business world. Browse Investopedia’s expert written library to learn about the slang, terms, phrases, acronyms, and general language used by professionals.

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Understanding Gardening Leave
Understanding One Belt One Road (OBOR)
Business Meeting
Modus Operandi
What Is Groupthink?
How One-Stop Shopping Developed
Elevated view of a factory on a river with chimneys and smoke
What You Need to Know About the Rust Belt
Rule Of Thumb
Bulge Bracket: Big Time Securities
Businessperson on a ladder looking over a wall.
Chinese Wall Definition
Businessmen and speech bubble shaped as puzzle piece
Middleman Definition
Reading Into Squeezes
A duo floating on a golden parachute
Golden Parachute
Businessman giving a presentation in an office
The Ins and Outs of Lowballing
Family of five smiling in front of a house
Good Faith Money
The BCG Matrix
What Is a Dog?
A businessman explaining colleague while sitting at desk.
How Shotgun Clauses Work
checking for rain
What You Need to Know About Rain Checks
Account, Accounting Concept
Over and Short Explained
How Turnkey Businesses Work
Early Proof Coins from the United States Mint.
Understanding Revolving Doors
Coins stacked on a wooden table with a hand walking on it.
Understanding Corporate Raiders
Cover Your Ass Definition
Man surrounded by piles of files in office
Boil the Ocean
Looking Through Board Room Door at Business Strategy Meeting
Inside Bullpens
Inside Gentlemen's Agreements
How Price Wars Work
Behind Big-Ticket Items
A sales graph background with origami airplane moving up.
Gazelle Company: What You Need to Know
Abstract flow data ramp
Bleeding Edge
Scientist in Lab Examining Food Samples
What 'Eat Your Own Dog Food' Really Means
How Judo Business Strategies Work
Why Drop-Dead Dates Matter
How Warm Calling Heats up Sales
Mother rubber duck leading several rubber ducklings
Follow-the-Leader Pricing
Shovel Ready Definition
People at the counter of a creative popup store and in the shop.
Mega-Deals: What You Should Know
Full Frame Shot Of US Paper Currency
What Is a Dry Hole?
Rent-an-Employee Definition
What Is a Boneyard?
Woman holding a digital tablet in an trendy office
Carrot Equity
What Is Buzzword Bingo?
Multiple pencils lined up with one out of line and a finger putting it in place
What Is a Weak Sister?
What Are Big Uglies in Finance?