- 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.
- any large organization of a noncommercial nature resembling this.
- any large business enterprise.
Origin of big business
An Americanism dating back to 1900–05
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Related Words for big businesscommerce, management, business, corporation, trade, production, mob, monopoly, traffic, outfit, manufactory, multinational
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Contemporary Examples of big business
Many on the streets of Red Hook today were unsure whether their big-business neighbors were helping the relief effort or not.Red Hook Still Crying Out for Relief in Sandy’s Wake
November 6, 2012
- large commercial organizations collectively, esp when considered as exploitative or socially harmful
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Large corporations, as opposed to small individually or family-owned businesses.
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