business as usual

idiom

used to say that something is working or continuing in the normal or usual way
Much of the town lost electricity in the storm, but for people with generators it was business as usual.
As the election nears, both political parties continue to blame each other for all the city's problems. In other words, it's business as usual.

Examples of business as usual in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite more than 1,200 people charged with crimes around the Jan. 6 attack and almost 600 guilty pleas entered, there remains a deeply held—and wrong—belief that what happened on Jan. 6 was somehow business as usual. TIME, 8 Feb. 2024 Or a temporary course correction that will be followed by a return to business as usual — that is, male artists dominating — at next year’s Grammy Awards? George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Feb. 2024 Of course, having the staff of a successful team plundered is business as usual in the NFL. Brian Wacker, Baltimore Sun, 1 Feb. 2024 Nothing quite returned to pre-pandemic business as usual. Scott Hocker, theweek, 25 Jan. 2024 While a victory for COPA would effectively represent a return to business as usual, a win for Wright would mean the opposite. Joel Khalili, WIRED, 2 Feb. 2024 There is some debate over whether recent knife crime statistics amount to an upward trend, or a return to business as usual after a significant drop during the pandemic. Harriet Marsden, theweek, 25 Jan. 2024 The competition for Miss America 1984 was business as usual — until everyone got a look at Vanessa Williams As Miss America, Marsh will be offered a scholarship award of $60,000 and the opportunity to travel the nation as the brand’s ambassador, according its website. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2024 And your argument is that overshoot just provides a cover for business as usual? David Marchese Photo Illustration By Bráulio Amado, New York Times, 14 Jan. 2024 See More

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“Business as usual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/business%20as%20usual. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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