- 1A person’s regular occupation, profession, or trade: experts who typically conduct their business over the InternetMore example sentences
- He was in Japan, a guest of the Japanese consulate on business in his other profession as writer and journalist.
- Ashraf regularly flew to Pakistan from Glasgow airport on business.
- Zurich surveyed firms to see if they carry out risk assessments of employees before letting them drive on business.
- 1.1An activity that someone is engaged in: what is your business here?More example sentences
- Her fortnight in the city passed quickly, a whirl of business and unavoidable social engagements.
- Nor was this the only business in which Bevan engaged in the course of that year.
- It will be up to him to engage in the smoke-and-mirror business of political negotiation at a European level in the next week.
- 1.2A person’s concern: this is none of your business the neighbours make it their business to know all about youMore example sentences
- I know that his personal well-being is none of my business, but somehow it's hard not to worry about Harry.
- It's none of our business to control what the NCC thinks or says about politics.
- I did some other things that were on the list but those are none of your business.
- 1.3Work that has to be done or matters that have to be attended to: government business let’s get down to businessMore example sentences
- This year however she returned to school late due to business she had to attend back home.
- After giving up that business they attended a number of courses lasting from one to three days.
- Balloonist Rick Walczak plans to attend to some unfinished business in the next few weeks.
- 2Commercial activity: firms who want to do business with Japan the tea business [as modifier]: the business communityMore example sentences
- Then there's Lord Haskin's task force, attempting to reduce the burden of regulation on business.
- He believed it would have an adverse affect on business and trade in the community.
- He believed it would have adverse effect on business and trade in the community.
- 2.1Trade considered in terms of its volume or profitability: how’s business? the banks are continuing to lose businessMore example sentences
- Ahead of the opening of European markets traders were divided over the likely volume of business.
- They are competing in terms of business but will join together when it will help to bring about benefits for retail across the board.
- The bush telegraph has never made so much money; telecomms deregulation has no effect on volume business.
- 2.2 [count noun] A commercial house or firm: a catering businessMore example sentences
- New Labour prefers to give state money to private businesses to run public services.
- A city is composed of units too, people and houses and businesses and all the rest.
- Several rival operators have put their businesses on the market in the hope of cashing in.
- 3 [in singular] • informal A situation or series of events, typically a scandalous or discreditable one: maybe something positive will come out of the whole awful businessMore example sentences
- In a word, I have to invite the reader to come in backward upon the whole business.
- She found the whole business of arguing backward and forward about the same detail utterly boring.
- You see I'm no lawyer, but I happen to know that the business of court cases is a process.
- 3.1A difficult matter: what a business!More example sentences
- It is true that prediction is a difficult business, especially when it involves the future.
- Agreeing an interview venue with Stella Tennant should be a difficult business.
- Then, as now, serving the Law and your conscience is a difficult business.
- 4 Theatre Actions on stage other than dialogue.More example sentences
- What these critics are missing is the stage business that occurs during the dialogue.
- Moreover, it deliberately made use of the modern in its stage business.
- Like Marmite, you either savour this daft stage business or you wish its energy was never let out of the jar.
- 5 (the business) British • informal A very enjoyable or popular person or thing: this brandy is the businessMore example sentences
- Thanks for being on time, in fact thanks for waiting for me as I was late - your valet parking service really is the business if you are in business!
- Like we've said - our Business Premier Class really is The Business.
- This one really is the business for anyone with an entrepreneurial notion, who wants a resource on all aspects of running a business.
business as usual
- An ongoing and unchanging state of affairs despite difficulties or disturbances: apart from being under new management, it’s business as usual in the departmentMore example sentences
- He said after a meeting on Wednesday night that it would be business as usual despite the ongoing situation.
- So the official line was that it will be business as usual despite the warning.
- At Manchester Airport it was business as usual despite a four-day walkout by security staff.
do the business British • informal
- Do what is required or achieve the desired result: Rogers has got to do the business, score a hat trick or somethingMore example sentences
- They went out, played professionally, did the business and achieved their goal, by winning the three points.
- HIS comeback fight had been billed as ‘back to business’, but Alex Arthur could not have anticipated doing the business in quite such quick-time fashion as he achieved at Meadowbank last night.
- Should they not sit back and retire and let the young guns do the business, enjoying the fruits of their labours and play golf for fun again?
have no business
- Have no right to do something: he had no business tampering with social servicesMore example sentences
- I think Trudeau's philosophy of the government having no business in the bedrooms of this nation isn't such a bad idea.
- Since these auto parts makers rely so heavily on such a small number of companies to sell to, they have no business but to actively involve in cutting their own throats.
- They fail to discourage behaviour which harms others while getting more and more involved in trying to control private behaviour where they have no business to interfere.
- Operating, especially in commerce: they will have to import from overseas to remain in businessMore example sentences
- He said he would have remained in business if trade had continued to grow at the rate it was before the roadworks.
- She fails to ask whether drugs companies would remain in business if they had no patents.
- Those who cannot keep their customers happy do not deserve to remain in business.
- • informal Able to begin operations: if you’ll contact the right people, I should think we’re in businessMore example sentences
- Instantly on arrival at Balmoor an hour before kick-off there was evidence that this cup tie was in business.
- Another 15 minutes of piped music, and now we're in business.
- When you buy a PhaseOne Package we will give you a wide format printer, now you're in business!
in the business of
- Engaged in or prepared to engage in: I am not in the business of making accusationsMore example sentences
- So much so that he is now engaged in the business of giving a few lessons to those in the Capital ready to explore the world of wines.
- As far as I'm concerned we shouldn't be in the business of further feeding what are already pretty plump cats.
- We're in the business of consciously and unconsciously changing our memories everyday.
like nobody's business
- • informal , chiefly British To an extraordinarily high degree or standard: these weeds spread like nobody’s businessMore example sentences
- Brenda Watson, 39, said: ‘They go through here like nobody's business.’
- ‘On the day itself, it was raining like nobody's business,’ he said.
- I bet I could draw jam-pots like nobody's business.
mind one's own business
- Refrain from meddling in other people’s affairs.More example sentences
- Fortunately, not everyone minds his own business, and one day I was approached by just such a person.
- By neighbors’ accounts, Jamie keeps quiet and minds her own business, but the board stood firm.
- There's an older gentleman sitting next to me, seeming to be trying to mind his own business too.
send someone about their business
- • dated Tell someone to go away.More example sentences
- But Steward-of-the-Games Rutilianus sent them about their business ungarlanded, and continued the defunct Alexander in possession of his holy office.
- They are declaimers and speechifiers, whom I will send about their business.
- "None but them I can send about their business if you wish," replied the man.