out of business


1

No longer carrying on commercial transactions, as in He's decided to go out of business when he turns sixty-five, or The supermarkets are putting the small grocers out of business.

2

Not in working order, inoperative, as in It looks as though the merry-go-round is out of business tonight. Also see out of commission; go out, def. 5.

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Question 1 of 9
Which Word of the Day from this month means, “an irrational dislike; loathing”?
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