Verbal abuse, scolding, or teasing; also, a beating. For example, At boarding school new kids always get the business, or The boxer faked and then gave his opponent the business. [Slang; c. 1940]
A harsh interrogation, as in The detectives gave each suspect the business. [Slang; c. 1940]
Dismissal from work or jilting, as in Once the new management takes over I'm sure to get the business, or Dorothy gave him the business and married someone else. [Slang; c. 1940]
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I was a little mystified at how benignly he responded to my questions about his business activities.
Three on-the-record stories from a family: a mother and her daughters who came from Phoenix.
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
He remembered something—the cherished pose of being a man plunged fathoms-deep in business.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
Sleek finds it far harder work than fortune-making; but he pursues his Will-o'-the-Wisp with untiring energy.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
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