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airline business

  • noun a commercial enterprise that provides scheduled flights for passengers
    airway; airline.
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aluminum business

  • noun manufacturers of aluminum considered as a group
    aluminum industry.
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big business

  • noun commercial enterprises organized and financed on a scale large enough to influence social and political policies
    • big business is growing so powerful it is difficult to regulate it effectively
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business activity

  • noun activity undertaken as part of a commercial enterprise
    commercial activity.
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business address

  • noun the address at which a business is located
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business agent

  • noun an agent who handles business affairs for another; especially one who deals with employers
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business card

  • noun a card on which are printed the person's name and business affiliation
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business college

  • noun a school for teaching the clerical aspects of business and commerce
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business community

  • noun the body of individuals who manage businesses
    businessmen.
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business concern

  • noun a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it
    business organisation; business concern; business; concern.
    • he bought his brother's business
    • a small mom-and-pop business
    • a racially integrated business concern
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business cycle

  • noun recurring fluctuations in economic activity consisting of recession and recovery and growth and decline
    trade cycle.
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business data processing

  • noun data processing in accounting or business management
    administrative data processing.
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business deal

  • noun a particular instance of buying or selling
    deal; trade.
    • it was a package deal
    • I had no further trade with him
    • he's a master of the business deal
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business deduction

  • noun tax write-off for expenses of doing business
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business department

  • noun a division of a business firm
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business district

  • noun the central area or commercial center of a town or city
    downtown.
    • the heart of Birmingham's downtown
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business editor

  • noun the newspaper editor responsible for business news
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business enterprise

  • noun the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects
    commercial enterprise; business.
    • computers are now widely used in business
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business establishment

  • noun an establishment (a factory or an assembly plant or retail store or warehouse etc.) where business is conducted, goods are made or stored or processed or where services are rendered
    business establishment.
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business executive

  • noun an executive in a business corporation
    corporate executive.
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business expense

  • noun ordinary and necessary expenses incurred in a taxpayer's business or trade
    trade expense.
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business firm

  • noun the members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments
    firm; house.
    • he worked for a brokerage house
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business index

  • noun a statistical compilation that provides a context for economic or financial conditions
    • this business index is computed relative to the base year of 2005
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business interruption insurance

  • noun insurance that provides protection for the loss of profits and continuing fixed expenses resulting from a break in commercial activities due to the occurrence of a peril
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business leader

  • noun a very wealthy or powerful businessman
    tycoon; magnate; baron; power; king; mogul; top executive; big businessman.
    • an oil baron
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business letter

  • noun a letter dealing with business
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business life

  • noun a career in industrial or commercial or professional activities
    professional life.
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business line

  • noun a particular kind of product or merchandise
    line of merchandise; product line; line of products; business line; line.
    • a nice line of shoes
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business loan

  • noun a bank loan granted for the use of a business
    commercial loan.
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business lunch

  • noun lunch (usually at a restaurant) where business is discussed and the cost is charged as a business expense
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business news

  • noun news about businesses and investments
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business office

  • noun place of business where professional or clerical duties are performed
    office.
    • he rented an office in the new building
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business organisation

  • noun a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it
    business organisation; business concern; business; concern.
    • he bought his brother's business
    • a small mom-and-pop business
    • a racially integrated business concern
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business organization

  • noun a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it
    business organisation; business concern; business; concern.
    • he bought his brother's business
    • a small mom-and-pop business
    • a racially integrated business concern
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business people

  • noun people who transact business (especially business executives)
    businesspeople.
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business relation

  • noun a relation between different business enterprises
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business relationship

  • noun a formal contractual relationship established to provide for regular banking or brokerage or business services
    account.
    • he asked to see the executive who handled his account
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business school

  • noun a graduate school offering study leading to a degree of Master in Business Administration
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business sector

  • noun business concerns collectively
    business.
    • Government and business could not agree
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business suit

  • noun a suit of clothes traditionally worn by businessmen
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business traveler

  • noun a traveler whose expenses are paid by the business he works for
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computer business

  • noun a business that manufactures and sells computers
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discount business

  • noun the business of selling merchandise at a discount
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doing business as

  • noun (law) a name under which a corporation conducts business that is not the legal name of the corporation as shown in its articles of incorporation
    assumed name; fictitious name; DBA.
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employee-owned business

  • noun a commercial enterprise owned by the people who work for it
    employee-owned enterprise.
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family business

  • noun a corporation that is entirely owned by the members of a single family
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fashion business

  • noun makers and sellers of fashionable clothing
    apparel industry; fashion industry; rag trade; garment industry.
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going-out-of-business sale

  • noun a sale of all the tangible assets of a business that is about to close
    • during the Great Depression going-out-of-business sales were very common
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land-office business

  • noun very large and profitable volume of commercial activity
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line of business

  • noun a particular kind of product or merchandise
    line of merchandise; product line; line of products; business line; line.
    • a nice line of shoes
  • noun a particular kind of commercial enterprise
    field; field of operation.
    • they are outstanding in their field
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manufacturing business

  • noun a business engaged in manufacturing some product
    maker; manufacturer.
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master in business

  • noun a master's degree in business
    Master in Business; MBA.
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master in business administration

  • noun a master's degree in business
    Master in Business; MBA.
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meat-packing business

  • noun wholesale packaging of meat for future sale (including slaughtering and processing and distribution to retailers)
    meatpacking; meat packing.
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monkey business

  • noun mischievous or deceitful behavior
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oil business

  • noun an industry that produces and delivers oil and oil products
    oil industry; refining industry.
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order of business

  • noun a list of matters to be taken up (as at a meeting)
    agendum; agenda.
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personal business

  • noun matters of personal concern
    affairs; personal matters.
    • get his affairs in order
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place of business

  • noun an establishment (a factory or an assembly plant or retail store or warehouse etc.) where business is conducted, goods are made or stored or processed or where services are rendered
    business establishment.
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printing business

  • noun a company that does commercial printing
    printing concern; printing company.
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real-estate business

  • noun the business of selling real estate
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show business

  • noun those involved in providing entertainment: radio and television and films and theater
    show biz; entertainment industry.
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small business administration

  • noun an independent agency of the United States government that protects the interests of small businesses and ensures that they receive a fair share of government contracts
    SBA.
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stage business

  • noun incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect
    business; byplay.
    • his business with the cane was hilarious
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To do one's business

  • to ruin one. Colloq. Wycherley.
  • to ruin one. Colloq. Wycherley.
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To make (a thing) one's business

  • to occupy one's self with a thing as a special charge or duty. Colloq.
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To mean business

  • to be earnest. Colloq.
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toy business

  • noun an industry that manufactures and sells toys for children
    toy industry.
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unfinished business

  • noun work that is left incomplete
    loose end.
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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