Idioms for ABM Students

Rowena Andrada
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Math majors are not good in English. They might not be interested in reading idioms for ABM students.

That’s what we always hear, right? Myth!

It’s an idea that we keep on using but it has been proven wrong several times. Or at least, it’s not true all the time. I have seen several students who are excellent at presenting even in English!

You’ll be amazed at how fluent they are in English while explaining terms in Mathematics.

One of the Senior High School strands known for these puzzling subjects is ABM (Accountancy, Business and Management). We hear daunting terms such as Business Mathematics, Finance, Debit, Accounting, Taxation, and others.

While they’re highly fascinated in playing with numbers, debit, credit, balance, and others, they might want to know some idioms with numbers to improve their English skills. Let’s read the list below!

Common Idioms for ABM Students

Back to Square One

What it means: One must go back to start, beginning, or first stage of a process.

Sample Sentence: He was about to finish the balance statement when he realized he skipped three items. He was left with no choice but to be back to square one.

Tell (someone) a thing or two

What it means: One must share ideas or inform someone about things the other person is not aware of.

Sample Sentence: You can rely on Ms. Bautista because of her extensive background in taxation. We’re sure she can tell you a thing or two.

idioms for ABM accountant

Three squares a day

What it means: This expression refers to three meals; often, these must be nutritious or well-balanced.

Sample Sentence: Midterm exam is coming! We need to have 8 hours of sleep, and three squares a day!

At sixes and sevens

What it means: When one is confused or puzzled, he or she is at sixes and sevens.

Sample Sentence: All students seemed to be at sixes and sevens after online lecture. There’s no way they can comprehend the accounting principle.

Five will get you ten

What it means: It’s a common express to bet on something that one strongly believes.

Sample Sentence: It’s been a busy class for you. Five will get you ten, you will not be able to keep up with other requirements.

Balance Sheet

A dime a dozen

What it means: It can be an expression to describe something which is too common or low value.

Sample Sentence: It seems that this item from the fixed asset is a dime a dozen. Let’s see if it converts quickly into cash.

Joe Six-Pack

What it means: It can describe ordinary people, or those with a usual job.

Sample Sentence: To say that he’s Joe six-pack is wrong. He’s an expert in his field, and sought-after in his industry.

Forty Winks

What it means: It is an expression for naps, or short sleep during the day.

Sample Sentence: Why don’t we go on forty winks? We still have free five hours.

Nine-to-five job

What it means: These refer to jobs or work requiring the usual business hours.

Sample Sentence: I’m not sure if I can sustain a nine-to-five job since I’ve been reaching out to clients for years.

nine to five job

It takes two to tango.

What it means: It describes relationships of two people both accountable or responsible for any decision.

Sample Sentence: There’s no successful project without cooperation. It takes two to tango.

The truth is, there are many idiomatic expressions involving numbers for ABM students. Although most of them are terrified to speak in English, they just need to practice using these expressions!

Do you know more idioms for ABM students? Comment or post your learning.

Rowena Andrada

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Lisa Dana
Oct 16, 2020 3:50 PM

Akala niyo lang madali….

Maria Cara
Oct 11, 2020 9:00 PM

Sino po nag bibigay ng libreng English course?

Sep 13, 2020 9:47 AM

It takes two to tango.