big business


Definition of big business 

1 : an economic group consisting of large profit-making corporations especially with regard to their influence on social or political policy

2 : a very profitable enterprise

Examples of big business in a Sentence

The tax proposal will be of most benefit to big business. Tourism is big business in the region.

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The company’s biggest business in Duncan—manufacturing and repairing fracking equipment—has come back, but employment has crept up to only 1,300, said Mr. Deal. Christopher M. Matthews, WSJ, "Oil’s New Technology Spells End of Boom for Roughnecks," 10 July 2018 Her endorsement of Canadian brands certainly did big business. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Meghan Markle Wore Lady Gaga’s Favorite Designer," 5 July 2018 Antiquated labour laws and a government fond of harassing big business are to blame for an absence of mega-factories spewing iPhones or T-shirts. The Economist, "Culture and the labour market keep India’s women at home," 5 July 2018 No company has a bigger business doing that -- except Google. Mark Bergen And Ben Brody,, "The spotlight's on Facebook, but Google is also in the privacy hot seat," 16 Apr. 2018 The measure was put together by Bay Area lawmakers working with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and the Bay Area Council, which also represents some of the region’s biggest businesses and institutions, plus the urban think tank SPUR. Matier & Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, "Power players map strategy to get Bay Area bridge toll hike passed in June," 9 Apr. 2018 And sanctions against him entangle some of the world’s biggest businesses and financial groups. Yuliya Fedorinova,, "U.S. Sanctions Turn Putin Tycoons Into International Pariahs," 6 Apr. 2018 Building a bigger business Steaming Cup was going good. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Motorcycle accident set Waukesha chef's career path," 23 Mar. 2018 This targeted advertising is big business for Facebook. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "This is how Facebook uses your data for ad targeting," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of big business

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of big business

: large companies considered together as a powerful group

: an activity or product that makes a large amount of money

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