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Verbal abuse, scolding, or teasing; also, a beating. For example,
At boarding school new kids always get the business
The boxer faked and then gave his opponent the business
; c. 1940
A harsh interrogation, as in
The detectives gave each suspect the business
; c. 1940
Dismissal from work or jilting, as in
Once the new management takes over I'm sure to get the business
Dorothy gave him the business and married someone else
; c. 1940
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