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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First Known Use of big business

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 May 2022

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“Big business.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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