THIS WEEK marks National Cliché day and to celebrate we’re looking at those embarrassing business cliches that contestants on The Apprentice love to utter every other sentence.

With more then one in four colleagues tuning out as soon as the words ‘give 110%’ come out of your mouth it’s time to take a good look at yourself and stop saying office jargon!

Check out the top 20 most cringeworthy phrases…  

  • Give 110%
  • 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
  • Synergy
  • Take it to the next level
  • Barking up the wrong tree
  • Going forward
  • Let’s ballpark this
  • Back to square one
  • There’s no I in team
  • Back to the drawing board
  • Elephant in the room