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big business

noun
1.
large business, commercial, and financial firms taken collectively, especially when considered as a group having shared attitudes and goals and exercising control over economic policy, politics, etc.
2.
any large organization of a noncommercial nature resembling this.
3.
any large business enterprise.
Origin of big business
1900-1905
1900-05, Americanism
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  • "I should think some cities might have much more than others," said the big business Man.

    The Girl in the Golden Atom Raymond King Cummings
  • But I thought they had the Gaiety people out here, and did a big business.

    Australia Revenged Boomerang
  • There could be no more shillyshallying; we had put our hands to a big business.

  • The managers of big business attributed the panic to "Theodore the Meddler."

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • This was a big business and must be done in a big way and I hoped that something really serious would come of that meeting.

    Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921 Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
British Dictionary definitions for big business

big business

noun
1.
large commercial organizations collectively, esp when considered as exploitative or socially harmful
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big business in Culture

big business definition


Large corporations, as opposed to small individually or family-owned businesses.

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