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beeswax

[beez-waks] /ˈbizˌwæks/
noun
1.
wax1 (def 1).
verb (used with object)
2.
to rub or treat with beeswax.
Origin of beeswax
1670-1680
1670-80; bee1 + 's1 + wax1
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  • If he meant to show any sign of keeping his threat and of sticking to the captain like beeswax, he must show his purpose at once.

    Mr. Scarborough's Family Anthony Trollope
  • Besides skins, honey, and beeswax, eggs and poultry were always salable.

    Plantation Sketches Margaret Devereux
  • After they are tied together, the place should be covered with a salve or composition of beeswax and rosin.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy Catherine Esther Beecher
  • This wax is made of equal parts of tallow, beeswax, and linseed oil.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • The bottom surface is polished smooth and then rubbed with a mixture of tallow and beeswax to make it free from friction.

    The Yellowstone National Park Hiram Martin Chittenden
British Dictionary definitions for beeswax

beeswax

/ˈbiːzˌwæks/
noun
1.
  1. a yellowish or dark brown wax secreted by honeybees for constructing honeycombs
  2. this wax after refining, purifying, etc, used in polishes, ointments, and for modelling
verb
2.
(transitive) to polish with such wax
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Word Origin and History for beeswax
n.

1670s, from genitive of bee + wax. As a jocular alteration of business (usually in an injunction to someone to mind his own) attested from 1934 in Lower East Side slang as reproduced in Henry Roth's "Call It Sleep."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for beeswax

beeswax

noun

Business; concern: If they did, that's theirown beeswax (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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