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]
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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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Once, he thought that a peculiarly shaped hat in the same corner was not wholly unknown to him; but, being occupied with his share of the stage business, he bestowed no great attention upon this circumstance, and it had quite vanished from his memory by the time he reached home.
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Much stage business by Gennaro with a sacred amulet frees Teresina from Golfo's spell (an expression of Bournonville's faith as well as his take on Italian Catholicism), and the young couple sails away to dance another day.
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In spite of the recession, which has encouraged many small businesses to tighten their belts, Beer has secured more than pounds 17m for early stage business in the last two years alone.
So given a choice between an investment of pounds 25 million in a management buyout that should make 12 per cent (but might make between four per cent worst case and 15 per cent best case) and pounds 1 million in an early stage business that makes eight per cent (but might make nothing or 25 per cent) guess which one the VC picks?
But, especially in the absence of Dulaine and Marceau onstage, they are doing, in effect, failed musical comedy with too much generalized Broadway dancing and awkwardly realized stage business. The dancers show more energy than finesse, more flirtation with the audience than with their partners.
The USA has been the pioneer in this approach - investing billions of dollars of public funds in early stage business opportunities.
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We have taken this step as Advantage Business Angels is the UK's specialist in raising funds for early stage business opportunities.