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  ( businesses    plural  )
1       n-uncount   Business is work relating to the production, buying, and selling of goods or services.  
...young people seeking a career in business..., Jennifer has an impressive academic and business background., ...Harvard Business School.     
2       n-uncount   Business is used when talking about how many products or services a company is able to sell. If business is good, a lot of products or services are being sold and if business is bad, few of them are being sold.  
They worried that German companies would lose business..., Business is booming.     
3       n-count   A business is an organization which produces and sells goods or which provides a service.   (=company, firm)  
The company was a family business..., The majority of small businesses go broke within the first twenty-four months..., He was short of cash after the collapse of his business.     
4       n-uncount   Business is work or some other activity that you do as part of your job and not for pleasure.  
oft on N  
I'm here on business..., You can't mix business with pleasure., trips.     
5       n-sing   You can use business to refer to a particular area of work or activity in which the aim is to make a profit.  
oft supp N  
May I ask you what business you're in?, ...the music business.     
6       n-sing   You can use business to refer to something that you are doing or concerning yourself with.  
with supp  
...recording Ben as he goes about his business..., There was nothing left for the teams to do but get on with the business of racing.     
7       n-uncount   You can use business to refer to important matters that you have to deal with.  
The most important business was left to the last..., I've got some unfinished business to attend to.     
8       n-uncount   If you say that something is your business, you mean that it concerns you personally and that other people have no right to ask questions about it or disagree with it.  
with poss   (=affair, concern)  
My sex life is my business..., If she doesn't want the police involved, that's her business..., It's not our business.     
9       n-sing   You can use business to refer in a general way to an event, situation, or activity. For example, you can say something is `a wretched business' or you can refer to `this assassination business'.  
supp N   (=affair)  
We have sorted out this wretched business at last..., This whole business is very puzzling.     
10       n-sing   You can use business when describing a task that is unpleasant in some way. For example, if you say that doing something is a costly business, you mean that it costs a lot.  
INFORMAL   supp N   (=affair)  
Coastal defence is a costly business..., Parenting can be a stressful business.     
    big business  
    show business  
12    If two people or companies do businesswith each other, one sells goods or services to the other.  
do business      phrase   V inflects, PHR with n, pl-n PHR  
I was fascinated by the different people who did business with me.     
13    If you say that someone has no businessto be in a place or to do something, you mean that they have no right to be there or to do it.  
have no business             phrase   V inflects, PHR to-inf, PHR -ing  
Really I had no business to be there at all.     
14    A company that is in business is operating and trading.  
be in business      phrase   v-link PHR  
You can't stay in business without cash.     
15    If you say you are in business, you mean you have everything you need to start something immediately.  
be in business      phrase   V inflects, v-link PHR  
All you need is a microphone, and you're in business.     
16    If you say that someone means business, you mean they are serious and determined about what they are doing.  
mean business      phrase   V inflects  
Now people are starting to realise that he means business.     
17    If you say to someone `mind your own business' or `it's none of your business', you are rudely telling them not to ask about something that does not concern them.  
mind your own business/it's none of your business      phrase  
I asked Laura what was wrong and she told me to mind my own business.     
18    If a shop or company goes out of business or is put out of business, it has to stop trading because it is not making enough money.  
out of business      phrase   PHR after v  
Thousands of firms could go out of business.     
19    In a difficult situation, if you say it is business as usual, you mean that people will continue doing what they normally do.  
business as usual      phrase   usu v-link PHR  
The Queen was determined to show it was business as usual.     
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
not matter; have no value or effect; be useless
I have no idea; I don't have a clue
[Informal] E.g.: Why was she upset? - Beats me!
to be gutsy means to have guts
to be gutsy: avoir du cran
continue to have something; keep something
At a point where you know you have to make a decision that not only effects your life, not only the life of the objects you love but the ones that you consider as well. More than one crux will certainly cause an individual to have a dilemma or two.
fairly large, especially large enough to have an effect or be important
[US] The series has aroused considerable interest.
generally, an endearment expression used to describe someone who, contrary to the appearances, proves to have strength, determination
expression used to point out that one has to struggle or suffer to achieve his goal
Jason: Damn it! I can't take it anymore. This exercise is killing me! Ray: Yeah but it’ll help you lose weight. Don't you know? No pain, no gain!
have a great time; enjoy oneself
serving no purpose
(about a product or service) meant to meet the customers' basic requirements; with no add-ons, including only the basic features
E.g: It's a no frills hotel, but very clean and with friendly staff.
not an easy task
no activitiy
Economy term
non, pas encore
used for saying that you think someone is spending too much money on things they do not need
¡no toques eso!
yell at someone; attack someone verbally or physically
have everything together; have all things settled/organized
E.g.: Just when I had got all my ducks in a row and I was ready to go, I received a call and had to cancel my trip.
phrase meant to emphasize the speaker's self-assurance
syn.: you can bet on it; trust me; you can count on it; I'm telling you...
basic, standard, with no special features
mind about smth./smb.; be disturbed by smth./smb.
E.g.: She has a beef with people smoking next to her.
be tone-deaf
comes from a pun related to Van Gogh (a painter) cutting off his left ear and the expression "have an ear for music" = be particularly good at learning music
when a shop is boarded up, it means it is no longer in business and that wooden planks have been nailed over its windows.
one in seven shops in the UK are boarded up
acronyme de "there is no alternative"
phrase chère jadis à Mme THATCHER reprise au G20 de novembre 2011 contre le Premier ministre grec et son référendum
neighborhood considered dangerous, where it's not recommended to go, especially as an outsider
maximum; no more (or later) than; at the most
E.g.: You have to be back at 11 o'clock tops; The show lasted one hour tops
little or no possibility of something to happen


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