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big business

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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.
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Origin of big business

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05
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big business

noun
  1. large commercial organizations collectively, esp when considered as exploitative or socially harmful
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big business in Culture

big business

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

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