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Cut to the bone !!!
Coral Morale is a bit low in our company at the moment, especially in the HR department where I work.
Shelby I'm not surprised, business hasn't been good at all lately.
Coral It certainly hasn't and it's forecast to get worse.
Shelby What effect will that have on your plans for the next financial year ?
Coral Well, all departments are being told to economize, and the HR department's training budget is being cut to the bone.
Shelby That's surely a bit short-sighted. I would have thought that upgrading the skills of its staff should be a high priority for any company.
Explanation :
 
If something such as costs are cut to the bone, they are reduced to an absolute minimum.
 
Example :  Profit margins have been slashed to the bone in an attempt to keep turnover moving.
 
 

On the verge of

Fill me in on the task

I am through working overtime

The numbers didn't add up

Give me the rundown

Cut-throat competition

See the work through

It is feasible

This item is sought-after

Sells like hot cakes

Look it up

Got it all planned out

I've lucked out

Speak your minds

On top of that

We spread out the news

He's all tied up

Keep an eye on

Stuck in traffic

Pricing and samples

Time is ticking away

We talked on the phone

I need to think it over

She's driving a hard bargain

Long-standing support

Production lead time

In no time

Expedite the payment

Defective goods

Work wonders

Get in contact with

You're making me blush

Keep you updated

Filled him in

I'll see to it

Grab a bite

The bottom line is quality

They are high-tech items

Our lead time is 14 days

Fit in with

Have a word with you

I am flattered by your praise

Well begun is half done

I am just a workaholic

Give me a hand

You reap what you sow

Keep track of

It's my treat

A tight schedule

Have a second thought

I've made up my mind

Fire away

It's no bother at all

With flying colors

 

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