big business


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

First Known Use

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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“Big business.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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