What was said? “We should put a tiger team on that, pronto!”
Did someone really say that? Yes, at another alumni board meeting when talking about breaking out in teams to tackle specific problems.
What does it mean? A tiger team is a specialized team that focuses on a specific goal to solve a particular problem. In the business setting it usually refers to putting a team of people with mixed skills/abilities to tackle a problem from multiple angles… usually at a fast, aggressive pace.
Did someone really say that? Yes, at an alumni board meeting when our team was about to present our proposal / plan.
What does it mean? In the context above, it means to get the team excited / stimulated and stir up some feedback on what we were about to present.
However, there are some uses where it is meant to be more focused on generating interest / discussion through dishonest ways – which was not the intention above! (has nothing to do with the alcohol gin, despite the image I chose for this post!)
What was said? “We need to nip this in the bud before it becomes a bigger problem.”
Did someone really say that? Yes, during a discussion around product quality and some issues that were found.
What does it mean? It means to stop something before it has a chance to “blossom.” The idea being if you have a small(ish) problem and “nip it in the bud” then you stop it from becoming a larger problem / crisis. If you have a plant that you prune / nip in the bud, you are effectively cutting it off so it won’t grow or blossom into a flower. It has nothing to do with human anatomy where many think the expression is Nip it in the Butt!
What was said? “They are totally ham and egging us.”
Did someone really say that? Yes, while playing golf with friends in a light 2 vs. 2 scramble.
What does it mean? In the context above, it was meant to say that they are managing to do well/better than us relying/complementing one another to get a decent score despite not even playing that well.