Idioms have indirect meaning, and word for word mean something else. That’s why they’re so useful in business, where saying what you mean and meaning what you say are often mutually exclusive, if you see what I mean to say.

For instance, see this transition from corporate life to start-up entrepreneur, in idiomatic terms –

Whatever walk of life you’re in, whether you’re a cog in the wheel or a member of the oldest profession, there comes a time when you have to decide between a golden handshake and walking the plank. When you’re been put out to pasture,  you can hang out your shingle to earn your bread and butter. Don’t let the man get you down or force you to hang up your boots. You’ve spent years burning the midnight oil on someone’s else’s dime. Now’s the time to make your mark, to blow your own trumpet, and live the life of Riley.

It’s not going to be a bed of roses, but having a piece of the action might make you discover that you do indeed have the Midas touch. Before long, you’ll be in clover, in the lap of luxury in the land of milk and honey. There’ll be pennies from heavenand you’ll never have had it so good. You’ll look back on the chicken feed that you used to earn, and be happy on your bed of roses.