A: Excuse me, sir, may I talk to you?
B: Bill! Sure, come on in. What can I do for you?
A: Well, sir, as you know, I have been an employee of this prestigious firm for over ten years.
A: I won't beat around the bush, sir. I would like a raise. I currently have three companies after me and so I decided to talk to you first.
B: A raise? Son, I would love to give you a raise, but this is just not the right time.
A: I understand your position and I know that the current economic downturn has had a negative impact on sales, but you must also take into consideration my hard work, Pro-activeness and loyalty to this company for over a decade.
B: Taking into account these factors and, considering I don't want to start a brain drain, I'm willing to offer you a ten percent raise and an extra five days of vacation time. How does that sound?
A:Great! It's a deal! Thank you, sir.
B: Before you go, just out of curiosity, what companies were after you?
A: Oh, the electric company, the gas company and the water company!
Yale is a prestigious university.
Her first novel won a prestigious literary prize.
beat around the bush
Stop beating around the bush and tell me what you came here to say.
W can't keep beating around the bush like this. It's because sooner or later, they are going to find out.
Cut to the chase.
Go straight to the point.
I would like a raise.
I want/would like a raise.
I would like to ask for a raise.
He was so happy when he got a raise that he didn't stop smiling for a week.
a downturn in economy/sales/trade/business
We are going through a severe downturn in economy/economic downturn.
How long will the economic downturn last?
The downturn is making compaines rethink their strategies.
a positive/negative impact on...
take into consideration
Before you decide which employee to promote, you should also take into consideration whether their skills would be better used at their current position or in their new position.
His loyalty to the company is unshakable, so we can count on his vote.
a period of ten years, especially one that begins with a year ending in 0,for example, 1980 to 1989.
take into account
We must also take into account the time factor in achieving our plans and our actions.
If the brain drain becomes an irreversible trend, a vicious circle will take shape in chinese academia.
out of curiosity
out of courtesy/respect/vanity/envy/anger
He asked the question out of curiosity rather than out of his desire for knowledge.