- business administration,
- business agent,
- business angel,
- business as usual,
- business before pleasure
- 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.
Origin of business
Examples from the Web for businesses
And then when businesses leave the state, they want to know why.
Bitcoin began 2013 with a roaring price of $770 per unit, and businesses right and left were converting to the ethereal product.You Were Wrong About Miley & Bitcoin: 2014’s Failed Predictions|Nina Strochlic|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The project tries to help young Turkish women raised in orphanages to start their own businesses.
They were forced to leave their homes, businesses and families behind, and old grudges against the Castro regime run deep.Aging Cuban Exiles And Their Lawmakers Bypassed by White House|Romina Ruiz-Goiriena|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Authorities have seized more than $250 million in assets from businesses across Rome.The Mayor Who Took Down the Mafia That Ruined Rome|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This practice is rarely found in businesses that are subject to normal competition.Distributive Justice|John A. (John Augustine) Ryan
As a matter of fact, the Touricar affairs were going as, in real life, most businesses go—just fairly well.The Trail of the Hawk|Sinclair Lewis
Sir Clement—what think you—of an amicable adjustment of all these businesses?The Heiress;|John Burgoyne
My uncle remarked that that showed how much I knew about businesses.The New Machiavelli|Herbert George Wells
Something of this sort has been done in other businesses besides farming.Hodge and His Masters|Richard Jefferies
Word Origin for business
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 is obsolete, replaced by busyness.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."
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