big business


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big business

n.
Commercial operations organized and financed on a large scale: clashes between labor and big business.
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big business

n
(Commerce) large commercial organizations collectively, esp when considered as exploitative or socially harmful
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big′ busi′ness


n.
large commercial and financial firms considered as a group.
[1900–05, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.big business - commercial enterprises organized and financed on a scale large enough to influence social and political policiesbig business - 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"
business sector, business - business concerns collectively; "Government and business could not agree"
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Translations

big business

n (large organizations) → la grande industria; (profitable activity) → un'attività redditizia
pop music is big business → la musica pop è un grosso affare
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He is taking up his work--rubber--it is a big business. I gather he is launching out rather.
She has made big business to run more smoothly than little business did, half a century ago.
This was the era of big business. It was an autumn period, in which the telephone men and the public began to reap the fruits of twenty years of investment and hard work.
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He's got a big business. My father's rich, you bet!"
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The lobbying of politicians by big business is glaringly evident today.
Basing his work on the recent findings of scholars in many European countries and the US, Pauwels explains how Hitler gained and held the support of powerful business interests who found the well-liked one-party fascist government, ready and willing to protect the property and profits of big business. He documents the role of the many multinationals in business today who supported Hitler and gained from the Nazi government's horrendous measures.
The great danger, Dauvergne opines, is that almost everyone (including governments, NGOs and academics) appears to be 'nodding along' with the 'sweeping promises' and the self-appointed role of big business in leading the charge against environmental decline.
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