show business


Definition of show business 

: the arts, occupations, and businesses (such as theater, motion pictures, and television) that comprise the entertainment industry

Examples of show business in a Sentence

She has been in show business for over 30 years. actors trying to break into show business

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Sure, there may be a bit of drama — but hey, that’s show business. Virgo (August 23 - September 22) Problem-solving is Virgo's superpower. Allure, "How the Sun's Position In Your Birth Chart Affects Your Zodiac Sign," 14 Aug. 2018 On Wednesday, five tigers used for entertainment for nearly their entire lives finally got the chance to safely retire from show business. Saryn Chorney,, "Five Rescued Circus Tigers Get a New Lease on Life as Retirees at U.K.'s Isle of Wight Zoo," 21 June 2018 Sammeth was a throwback to an earlier era in music and show business when colorful managers took on just a handful of entertainers and catered to them personally, often around the clock. Deborah Wilker, The Hollywood Reporter, "Billy Sammeth, Longtime Manager of Cher and Joan Rivers, Dies at 66," 18 June 2018 Reiner, 27, wants out of the news business and into show business. Cary Darling, Houston Chronicle, "Jake Reiner leaving KPRC to pursue family business in Hollywood," 12 June 2018 The show stars Alicia Silverstone and is loosely based on Kyle’s show business-focused childhood in the ’70s. Colleen Kratofil,, "Kyle Richards Is Not Attending Nephew Barron Hilton's Wedding Because of Work Commitments: Source," 1 June 2018 Battles for governor, House and U.S. Senate, including some that drew the attention of President Donald Trump and his antagonists in show business, will be settled or narrowed today as seven states hold primaries or runoff elections. Herb Jackson, USA TODAY, "2018 primaries: Voters have their say in Colorado, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Oklahoma, Utah and South Carolina," 26 June 2018 And that would be the end of Doris’ fledgling show business career. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Gift of love resurrects San Antonio woman’s dream 70 years later," 22 June 2018 When Julianna Margulies first kickstarted her career in show business, the pressure to live up to impossible standards and her struggle with self-acceptance was at an all-time high. Christina Dugan,, "Dietland's Julianna Margulies Opens Up About Her Past Struggle with Self-Acceptance," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of show business

1840, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of show business was in 1840

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English Language Learners Definition of show business

: the entertainment industry involved in making movies, television shows, plays, etc.

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