(1). Oh, let’s see … the fact that your fees are too high, your hot assistant called in sick today, the prospect doesn’t seem to like your tie, and you suspect that he may be sleeping with that b* from Merrill Lynch he keeps talking about.
“I don’t know about this one, Harry. There are just too many barriers of entry here. I mean, the guy actually told me he didn’t like talking to you!”
(1). A term used to describe a low-margin business unit (see keep the lights on) which will never, ever be a major profit center, resulting in mediocre pay for its staff, further resulting in mediocre staff.
“Urinal-mint manufacturing is a bread and butter business, people. We may not be flashy, but we’ll always be able to say that business doesn’t stink.”