Working in UK Higher Education means that we are usually 15-20 years behind US tech business bollocks phrasing.Working for San Francisco based tech business meant that unfortunately this phrase has been used around me (but never by me) for at least 15 years!
Have also heard it, probably wrongly, used as kicked into the weeds to define some project or task that has been dropped.
I'll be honest, if I worked in a place where there were things I didn't understand, I'd probably just try and understand them
I would ask exactly what they meant.
A customer rang me a few years ago and kept saying “box and cox” when telling me about the job she wanted done, after the 5th box and cox I stopped her and told her to stop saying it because it’s not something I have heard before and it wasn’t helping.
I had a similar this about 10 years ago. A guy I worked with used the term "follow the sun" in regards to a servicing centre about 30 times on one call and there were about 30 attendees on there. I was pretty new at the time so did ask then but popped him a message afterwards and he translated for me!
Another crap phrase to put on the management bingo card along with blue sky thinking and all the other Americanisms we pick up
Blue Sky thinking went out of fashion decades ago. Shown to be largely ineffective in comparison to Blue Ocean thinking in generating future growth potential. (Not sarcasm... Blue Ocean really different and is the preferred replacement to Blue Sky).