Idioms about business
- to make difficulties for someone; treat harshly: Instead of a straight answer they give him the business with a needless run-around.
- to scold severely; give a tongue-lashing to: The passengers will give the bus driver the business if he keeps driving so recklessly.
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What does business mean?
Business is the sale of goods or services to try to make a profit, as in Restaurants are a tough business, with many restaurants closing in the first few years.
Business is also used to refer to any person or group of people that operate with the purpose of making money, as in Yen and Tao went into business walking the dogs in their neighborhood.
Business is also used to refer to the sales and money brought in by a business, as in Even though we had a lot of visitors to the store, business was slow over the weekend.
Business has many other senses related to work and trade, but it can also refer to someone’s personal concern or interest. Your feelings, for example, are your own business.
Business can also be used as an adjective to describe anything related to the workings of a profession or exchange of money, as in The business office is closed on weekends, but the store is usually open.
Example: Some small businesses make more money in this town than the chains do.
Where does business come from?
The first records of the term business come from before the year 950. It comes from the Old English bisignes. It combines the term busy, meaning “engaging in work,” and the suffix –ness, which turns adjectives into nouns related to quality or state.
Business is such a large part of human life that it’s no wonder we use it in so many ways. It turns up in a lot of idioms, like get down to business, meaning “concentrate on work.” If you mean business, you are serious about something. And if someone tells you business is business, they mean that making money is more important than personal matters.
Business as someone’s primary or rightful concern also gives us a lot of idioms. If you tell someone to mind their own business, you’re telling them to leave your concerns alone. A person that has no business talking to you rudely has no right to talk to you that way. And if you understand words like nobody’s business, you understand them very well. Maybe you should go into the dictionary business!
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What are some other forms related to business?
- antibusiness (adjective)
- interbusiness (adjective)
- multibusiness (adjective)
- nonbusiness (adjective)
- probusiness (adjective)
What are some synonyms for business?
What are some words that share a root or word element with business?
What are some words that often get used in discussing business?
How is business used in real life?
Business is a very common word with many senses, most often related to work.
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How to use business in a sentence
It’s unconscionable to go home before the election without helping families and small businesses, and I think there’s a deep recognition that now, at this point, that it’s simply impossible to go home without getting something done.Trump moves closer to Pelosi in economic aid talks, and House speaker must decide next move|Rachael Bade, Erica Werner|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
Another idea circulating in the House is to pass individual bills, such as new business loans or unemployment help, just to show or remind Americans that House Democrats are trying to help.Why House Democrats have good reason to be anxious about no coronavirus relief deal|Amber Phillips|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
The full restrictions at issue have now eased, but a variety of limitations on businesses and gatherings remain in effect.Courts may reconsider temporary coronavirus restrictions as pandemic drags on|Anne Gearan, Karin Brulliard|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
Before the coronavirus pandemic shuttered businesses and sent unemployment soaring, the president could certainly brag about the state of the economy in his first three years as president.Trump’s ABC News town hall: Four Pinocchios, over and over again|Glenn Kessler|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
The plan calls for accelerating access to reconstruction funding, forgiving disaster relief loans to municipalities and bolstering local businesses.Biden visits Florida as Democrats worry about his standing in the state|Sean Sullivan|September 15, 2020|Washington Post
I was a little mystified at how benignly he responded to my questions about his business activities.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This reporter knocked at the Wilkins home on Tuesday morning but received neither an answer nor the business end of a shotgun.The 7-Year-Old Plane Crash Survivor’s Brutal Journey Through the Woods|James Higdon|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“Competition is there, of course, but I think there is enough business for everyone as long as the demand is there,” he says.
Last March they gave Airbus a huge piece of new business, ordering 169 A320s and 65 of the slightly larger A321.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501|Clive Irving|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Together, they crossed over the International Bridges on foot into Juarez to conduct some business.
He remembered something—the cherished pose of being a man plunged fathoms-deep in business.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
A letter from Fajardo to the king (December 10, 1621) concerns various matters of administration and business.
The father of Mr. Stacy Marks predestined him for the coach-building business.
That, and a range war that grew out of the killing, and some kind of a business deal just about broke them.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
But he could not bear the reflection, and with fevered impatience, he hurried through the business of the morning.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
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Other Idioms and Phrases with business
In addition to the idiom beginning with business
- business as usual
- funny business
- get down to (business)
- go about (one's business)
- have no business doing
- land-office business
- like mad (nobody's business)
- make it one's business
- mean business
- mind one's own business
- monkey business
- none of one's business
- out of business
- send someone about his or her business
- the business