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.

Recent Examples on the Web

The bill is designed to help small-dollar candidates compete with those who have the backing of developers and big businesses. Luke Broadwater,, "Baltimore City Council backs public financing of campaigns," 25 June 2018 Their sponsors, however, wouldn’t have the same incentives as big businesses to offer employees truly competitive coverage. Michael Hiltzik,, "As midterms approach, conservatives and GOP again attempt to destroy Obamacare," 19 June 2018 Bourbon tourism has matured into big business in Kentucky, and Old Forester is tapping into the strategy to build brand awareness. Washington Post, "Old Forester returns to roots with new Kentucky distillery," 14 June 2018 That's probably why so many people bristle at big business using the weekend to hawk special sales and discounts. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Learn the real meaning behind Memorial Day and its customs," 24 May 2018 In practice, this gave big business predictable economic conditions and influence over policy in exchange for staying out of politics. The Economist, "The violent end of Daniel Ortega’s decade of quiet," 26 Apr. 2018 Some 86% of big businesses in Russia say they are concerned about new U.S. sanctions, according to a recent survey of more than 1,000 firms commissioned by RBC, a Russian news website. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Russian Lawyers Find Lucrative Niche Counseling Clients Hit by Sanctions," 15 Dec. 2018 Some state and local politicians blamed Seattle for not catering enough to big business. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "We freaked out over Amazon’s HQ2 search. But it turned out to be for all the wrong reasons," 13 Nov. 2018 Apple is betting big on AR as a potential successor to the iPhone — or at least one of its next big businesses. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Why the Uber model of diplomacy won’t work for scooter startups," 30 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of big business

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of big business was in 1905

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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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