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land-office business

[land-aw-fis, -of-is] /ˈlændˌɔ fɪs, -ˌɒf ɪs/
noun
1.
a lively, booming, expanding, or very profitable business.
Origin of land-office business
1830-1840
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40
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  • Mollie did a land-office business, but she had no time to rest day or night.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • “They seem to be doing a land-office business,” observed Walter.

  • A publisher (p. 347)once confided to me that he was doing a "land-office business" selling "slightly damaged stock."

  • The saloons were all doing a land-office business, with the holiday impending and the thermometer at 97.

    The Air Trust George Allan England
  • We are now doing a land-office business, as the large number of my boarders, whom you see, will testify.

    The Iron Furnace John H. Aughey
  • Saloons were doing a land-office business and gambling-houses coining money.

    Wyoming, a Story of the Outdoor West William MacLeod Raine
  • We have done a land-office business in passports, and shall probably continue to turn them out by the dozen.

  • He even had letter heads and envelopes printed as though he might be doing a land-office business in purchasing such commodities.

  • I sold the tickets and put up the spiel on the front, and Merritt lectured inside and we did a land-office business.

    Side Show Studies Francis Metcalfe
  • When the troubles of 1860-61 rose I was literally doing "a land-office business," with money galore and to spare.

    Marse Henry (Vol. 1) Henry Watterson
British Dictionary definitions for land-office business

land-office business

noun
1.
(US & Canadian, informal) a booming or thriving business
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Idioms and Phrases with land-office business

land-office business

A thriving, expanding, or very profitable concern or volume of trade. For example, After the storm they did a land-office business in snow shovels and rock salt. This term, dating from the 1830s, alludes to the throng of applicants to government land offices through which Western lands were sold. It has been used for other booming business since the mid-1800s.
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