order of business

noun phrase

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

Examples of order of business in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first order of business for Perry is getting into the studio and cutting a follow-up to Traces and his 2021 Christmas record The Season for his new label. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 16 May 2024 The first order of business for the eight-member K-pop band was confirming that they are headed out on a world tour this year. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 15 May 2024 Viewing the northern lights in Idaho Like most nighttime celestial events, the first order of business is to get away from light pollution. Shaun Goodwin, Idaho Statesman, 10 May 2024 The first order of business for the offseason will be Thompson. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 18 Apr. 2024 Napoli’s biggest order of business might still be to come, amid reports that Victor Osimhen has decided to leave the club at the end of the season. James Robson, USA TODAY, 1 Feb. 2024 But the first order of business will be to name a new prime minister. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 8 Apr. 2024 The first order of business was the make the 2018 STP record, right? Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 3 Apr. 2024 Instead, its next order of business is making plants that glow additional colors—yellow, orange, and red. Zoë Schlanger, The Atlantic, 19 Mar. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 28 May. 2024.

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