burn the midnight oil
to work hard very late into the night--and as if working only by the light of an oil lamp
"The manager had so much work piling up on her desk she knew she was going to have to burn the midnight oil to finish it."
business is picking up
business is increasing, getting better after a slow sales period as more orders, products, or services are now being sold
"After a year of poor sales, the automobile industry is receiving many orders for its new cars, and all the employees are happy to see that business is picking up."
eam of the crop
the best, very best, or best ever of something--the top choice or pick
"At the art auction, Van Gogh’s paintings were considered to be the cream of the crop and received the highest bids."
cut and dried
in accordance or agreement with a standard formula, exact method, guidelines, or procedure; routine
During the 19th and early 20th century only males performed in the Peking Opera and the ways to become an actor were cut and dried
dog and pony show
a presentation that has no substance and is just a shallow demonstration, entertainment, or "show" usually done by a corporation or business to bring attention to itself or one of its products.
"The new e-commerce company put on a dog and pony show for potential investors."