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beeswax

[beez-waks] /ˈbizˌwæks/
noun
1.
wax1 (def 1).
verb (used with object)
2.
to rub or treat with beeswax.
Origin of beeswax
1670-1680
First recorded in 1670-80; bee1 + 's1 + wax1
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beeswax

/ˈbiːzˌwæks/
noun
1.
  1. a yellowish or dark brown wax secreted by honeybees for constructing honeycombs
  2. this wax after refining, purifying, etc, used in polishes, ointments, and for modelling
verb
2.
(transitive) to polish with such wax
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Word Origin and History for beeswax
n.

1670s, from genitive of bee + wax. As a jocular alteration of business (usually in an injunction to someone to mind his own) attested from 1934 in Lower East Side slang as reproduced in Henry Roth's "Call It Sleep."

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Slang definitions & phrases for beeswax

beeswax

noun

Business; concern: If they did, that's theirown beeswax (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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