used by management and those who aspire to become management. It used to describe an advantage gained by using a tool. Later it became a term used to describe corporate debt. For example, a leveraged buy-out is one where the buyer has to borrow money in order to buy the other company.
After much mis-use, the word leverage no-longer describes anything or have any meaning to anyone who has ever worked in an office.
in business circles this word is most commonly used in place of the word 'use'.
Steve: Can we take this off-line
, I'm hungry. I'm going to leverage a sandwich.
Paula: Great idea, I could also leverage some food.
Steve: Come on then, we can leverage my car to get to the sandwich leverager.
Paula: Good leverage, we should leverage your leverage so we'll leverage