Knight Trading almost put itself out of business when software ran wild and executed millions of trades.
business questions are raised—who starts a PE firm and bails on it in a matter of mere months?
The bazaar is now open for business, and its home is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Although raw product (i.e. un-renovated houses) is scarce, business is good again for area developers.
Imagine if you had to run a business by following every idea that any former manager ever had.
Harriet's climbing was not so rapid as to make her dizzy; but business was coming.
He'd build it for the farmer and have some business sense about it.
The idea of your bein' troubled all this time by that snorin' business or whatever 'tis.
Aw, I'll help you, Mr. Manning, but I won't tell you other people's business.
"Doane gone to San Francisco on business of the firm," it said.
Old English bisignes (Northumbrian) "care, anxiety, occupation," from bisig "careful, anxious, busy, occupied, diligent" (see busy (adj.)) + -ness. Middle English sense of "state of being much occupied or engaged" (mid-14c.) is obsolete, replaced by busyness.
Sense of "a person's work, occupation" is first recorded late 14c. (in late Old English bisig (adj.) appears as a noun with the sense "occupation, state of employment"). Meaning "what one is about at the moment" is from 1590s. Sense of "trade, commercial engagements" is first attested 1727. In 17c. it also could mean "sexual intercourse." Modern two-syllable pronunciation is 17c.
Business card first attested 1840; business letter from 1766. Business end "the practical or effective part" (of something) is American English, by 1874. Phrase business as usual attested from 1865. To mean business "be intent on serious action" is from 1856. To mind (one's) own business is from 1620s. Johnson's dictionary also has busiless "At leisure; without business; unemployed."