Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

bottleneck

bottleneck
Meaning(s)
1) a problem that delays progress
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • hit/experience a bottleneck in production
  • Analysis
    A 'bottleneck' is a narrow piece of road which slows down traffic or creates a delay. In a business context, a 'bottleneck' is a point in a process or production where things are slowed down of there is congestion usually because production cannot keep up with input.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. The factory is already operating at close to full capacity, so we need to be wary of the potential for a bottleneck in some areas. 
    2. A lack of spare parts was one of the major reasons the company experienced a bottleneck in production.
    3. The new manager set about modernizing equipment and hiring new staff in order to help eliminate bottlenecks in the supply chain.
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