1.a foot in the door
to manage to enter an organization, a field of business, etc. that could bring you success
I always wanted to work for that company but it took me two years to get a foot in the door.
2. cash cow
the part of a business that always makes a profit and that provides money for the rest of the business
The new product became the company’s cash cow.
3. eager beaver
an enthusiastic person who works very hard
George is an eager beaver and is certain to succeed in business
4. go belly up
to fail completely
Last year the business went belly up after sales continued to fall.
5. golden handshake
a large sum of money that is given to somebody when they leave their job, or to persuade them to leave their job
When Tom left the company he was given a golden handshake.
6. hold the fort
to have the responsibility for something or care of somebody while other people are away or out
While the boss is out of the office, I’ll have to hold the fort.
7. keep head above water
to deal with a difficult situation, especially one in which you have financial problems, and just manage to survive
Business is bad. I’m not sure how much longer we’ll be able to keep our heads above water.
8. sleeping partner
a person who has put money into a business company but who is not actually involved in running it
Tom found a sleeping partner to invest money in his business.
9. walking papers
the letter or notice dismissing somebody from a job
Helen was given her walking papers yesterday.