stage business

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(ˈbɪz nɪs)

1. an occupation, profession, or trade.
2. the purchase and sale of goods in an attempt to make a profit.
3. a person, partnership, or corporation engaged in commerce, manufacturing, or a service.
4. volume of trade; patronage or custom.
5. a store, office, factory, etc., where commerce is carried on.
6. that with which a person is principally and seriously concerned: Words are a writer's business.
7. something with which a person is rightfully concerned: Their decision is none of my business.
8. affair; project: fed up with the whole business.
9. the business,
a. harsh or duplicitous treatment.
b. a severe scolding: to give someone the business.
10. Also called stage business. a movement or gesture used by an actor to create an effect.
11. excrement: used as a euphemism.
12. of or pertaining to business or its procedures.
13. suitable for or conducive to doing business.
1. get down to business, to apply oneself to serious matters; concentrate on work.
2. mean business, to be in earnest; be entirely serious.
3. mind one's own business, to refrain from meddling in the affairs of others.
[before 950; Middle English; Old English bisignes. See busy, -ness]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stage business - incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effectstage business - incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect; "his business with the cane was hilarious"
acting, performing, playacting, playing - the performance of a part or role in a drama
schtick, schtik, shtick, shtik - (Yiddish) a contrived and often used bit of business that a performer uses to steal attention; "play it straight with no shtik"
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