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mean business

Definition of mean business

  1. :  to be serious about doing something <We thought he was joking at first, but then we saw that he really meant business.>



Word by Word Definitions

meanplay
  1. :  to have in the mind as a purpose :  intend

    :  to design for or destine to a specified purpose or future

    :  to serve or intend to convey, show, or indicate :  signify

  1. :  lacking distinction or eminence :  humble

    :  lacking in mental discrimination :  dull

    :  of poor shabby inferior quality or status

  1. :  occupying a middle position :  intermediate in space, order, time, kind, or degree

    :  occupying a position about midway between extremes

    :  being the mean (see 4mean) of a set of values :  average

  1. :  something intervening or intermediate

    :  a middle point between extremes

    :  a value that lies within a range of values and is computed according to a prescribed law: as

businessplay
  1. :  purposeful activity :  busyness

    :  role, function

    :  an immediate task or objective :  mission


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