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

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The tax proposal will be of most benefit to big business. Tourism is big business in the region.
Recent Examples on the Web Given the constraints on big climate policy—including moderates like West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin—big green groups and Democrats in 2009 bet that wooing big business would be the key to garnering support from more conservative colleagues. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "“Bipartisanship” Is Climate Poison," 6 Jan. 2021 These holiday movies, the entertainment equivalent of a weighted blanket, are big business for television. Washington Post, "Fox Nation’s first original Christmas movie feels like every other cozy, Christmas movie — with one exception," 24 Dec. 2020 Ticket change fees, like bag fees and seat-selection fees, have become big business for airlines. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Bye-bye costly fees: United, Delta join American, Alaska in ditching change fees on international flights," 10 Dec. 2020 There’s a lot on the line for restaurants, which tend to do big business on the last night of the year. Fortune, "New Year’s Eve will be a dud for restaurants," 31 Dec. 2020 Concerts, conventions, festivals, and other events are also big business, bringing millions of dollars not just to the companies that put them on but to local economies. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "After 2020, Live Events Might Not Look the Same. Good!," 31 Dec. 2020 Companies’ rush to affiliate with the reduction of greenhouse gases is making a big business out of harnessing the methane seeping from heaps of organic waste. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Companies Seek to Green the Grid With Trash Gas," 28 Dec. 2020 But shop owners like Julie Kathawa, 49, aren't expecting big business from younger vacationers. Terry Tang And Terry Spencer, USA TODAY, "Loss of snowbirds due to pandemic another hit to US tourism," 13 Dec. 2020 Importation of cheap secondhand vehicles from Japan is big business across many African countries whose citizens cannot afford new ones. Tawanda Karombo, Quartz Africa, "African countries are curbing imports of used cars from Japan to cut emissions," 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of big business

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Big business.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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