Cliche of the Week 37 – On the Table

March 21, 2011 at 9:45 am Leave a comment

Lunch on the table is a virtue but leaving money on the table, as in failing to extract the full value from a business deal, is a sin.

The expression “on the table” is used up to 1000 times a week in news reports to describe issues that are not addressed or those that are expected to be raised.

“Those tariffs and taxes will be on the table during President Obama’s scheduled visit to Brazil.” (Forbes, March 28)

“It will be considered by councillors at a council meeting today, after being left on the table following the February council meeting.” (The Daily Advertiser, Wagga, March 15)

“Offers are back on the table again for documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, which premiered at Sundance.” (Daily Variety, March 14)

“Shares of Lawson Software rose 6 per cent on Monday as some investors expect a higher offer than what was put on the table last week.” (Reuters News, March 15)

“If GMs and owners are tempted to dismiss the outrage over Chara’s hit as just more noise from people who don’t get hockey, perhaps they will listen to the people with cash on the table.” (Toronto Star, March 14)

Cliche of the Week appears in the Australian newspaper Mondays.


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