Cringeworthy BusinessSpeak

You don't have to be a "team player" to give "110-percent."  

Those are two of the most annoying workplace phrases according to a survey conducted by OnePoll in association with Jive Communications.

If you "think outside the box" you can easily come up with other cringe-worthy phrases, but "don't count your chickens before they've hatched.

Here's the top 40:

Give 110 percent

Think outside the box

Hammer it out

Heavy lifting

Throw them under the bus

Don't count your chickens before they've hatched

Pushing the envelope

Let the cat out of the bag

Let's circle back

Win-win situation

Blue-sky thinking

Boil the ocean


Low-hanging fruit

Take it to the next level

Barking up the wrong tree

Going forward

Let's ballpark this

Run this up the flagpole

Back to square one

There's no I in team

Back to the drawing board

Paradigm shift

Elephant in the room

Raise the bar

Drill down

Best thing since sliced bread

Deep dive

Skin in the game

Reach out

Touch base

Play hardball

Don't reinvent the wheel

Kept in the loop

The bottom line

Down the road

I'll loop you in

Hit the nail on the head


Team player

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