order of business

noun phrase

Definition of order of business

: a matter which must be dealt with : task the budget was the first order of business at the committee meeting

First Known Use of order of business

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for order of business

order of business (predetermined sequence of matters to be dealt with by an assembly)

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The first known use of order of business was circa 1890

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“Order of business.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/order%20of%20business. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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: a job that must be done or an issue that must be discussed

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