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harassment; a scolding; general bad treatment. (*Typically:
The guys have been giving me the business about my new hairstyle.
Sam was giving Tom the business about being late all the time.
The mob wanted to give him the business for confessing to the federal prosecutor.
have no business doing something/to do something
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when, in an evil moment, I was induced to merge it in the Cur-Spattering — a somewhat analogous, but, by no means, so respectable a profession.
I have found that a most pleasant and lucrative
A disheartening series of rebuffs slowly forced the truth in upon Sanderss mind that the
world refused to accept the telephone as an article of commerce.
Until this good genie should arrive, they could do no more than flounder ahead, and take whatever
Thats good! (Though his manner was less satisfied than his words.) A matter of
. Regard it as a matter of business-business that must be done.
matter with me, and if the two thousand pounds dont sound attractive enough, well, the amount must be revised, thats all.
! Help yourself to the oysters and pass the wine.
Of course, there were exceptions to this; and, such was the rigor of his discipline, that if he had a dinner or a conference before him in which, in a
way, he encountered enemies or allies and planned or prosecuted campaigns, he abstained from drinking.
You told me you didnt know whether it was public
, returned the suitor, and I want to know–and again repeated his monotonous inquiry.
passes through each of these stages by asking at both Departments till they tell you.
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