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big business

noun
1.
large business, commercial, and financial firms taken collectively, especially when considered as a group having shared attitudes and goals and exercising control over economic policy, politics, etc.
2.
any large organization of a noncommercial nature resembling this.
3.
any large business enterprise.
Origin of big business
1900-1905
An Americanism dating back to 1900-05
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  • But I thought they had the Gaiety people out here, and did a big business.

    Australia Revenged Boomerang
  • We were looking not for the evils of big business, but for its anatomy.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann
  • Those Martian trees are going to be a big business in fifteen years.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The managers of big business attributed the panic to "Theodore the Meddler."

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • At one extreme was the threatening growl of big business, "Let us alone!"

British Dictionary definitions for big business

big business

noun
1.
large commercial organizations collectively, esp when considered as exploitative or socially harmful
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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big business in Culture

big business definition


Large corporations, as opposed to small individually or family-owned businesses.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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