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none of (one's) beeswax

Something that is of no concern to another. This phrase is a less formal or serious version of "none of (one's) business." It's none of your beeswax why I left the party early the other night.
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Mind your own beeswax.

to mind one's own business. (Juvenile.) You just mind your own beeswax! Lay off! Mind your own beeswax!
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none of someone's beeswax

Inf. none of someone's business. (Jocular.) It's none of your beeswax. I'm not telling. You'll never know. The answer is none of your beeswax.
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none of one's business

Not one's concern, as in How much I earn is none of your business. This expression employs business in the sense of "one's affairs," a usage dating from about 1600. (Also see mind one's own business.) A slangy, jocular variant from about 1930 is none of one's beeswax. The related verb phrase have no business is used to indicate that one should not meddle or interfere, as in He has no business discussing the will with outsiders.
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n. business; concern. (see also mind your own beeswax, none of someone’s beeswax.) Tend to your own beeswax.

mind your own beeswax

tv. to mind one’s own business. (Juvenile.) Lay off! Mind your own beeswax!
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none of someone’s beeswax

n. none of someone’s business. It’s none of your beeswax. I’m not telling.
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mind your own beeswax

A euphemism for “mind your own business.” Since “mind their own business” sounds harsh, if not impolite, the close-sounding word “beeswax” was substituted. Those to whom the remark was directed might still get their noses out of joint, but somewhat less so than if the word had been “business.” An interesting, although fanciful, piece of folk etymology tells us that American colonial women stood over a kettle and stirred wax to make candles. If they didn't pay attention, the wax or fire might burn their hair and clothing. Someone who let her concentration wander would be reminded to “mind your own beeswax.”
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All settle in, and Brouillette and Dow explain the process: lightly draw a snowflake on the egg; place an elastic band around the egg as a guide for drawing lines in pencil; trace the lines with the beeswax flowing from the tips of the heated kistka.
Make a double boiler out of a cooking pot and a tin can that you won't mind getting messy (I use an old soup can) to melt down the beeswax.
A preliminary assessment of the site was undertaken in February 2006, with a detailed recording and sampling of the beeswax made the following June.
The main difference between the ancient beehive extracts and modern beeswax regarding the alkane composition is that the latter is known to contain large amounts of ONAs and only negligible amounts of ENAs (Evershed et al.
Lord elongates these shapes into a slightly Giacometti-like stretched and striated verticality, their pitted plaster surfaces and petrified beeswax coatings giving them a poignantly battered-looking profile.
Chapters cover beeswax candles, molded candles, hand-dipped candles, gel candles, and vibrant candleholders that can be made from recycled materials.
Lay back to the music and not give a beeswax about anything.
Edible composite coatings were prepared from whey protein isolate (WPI), whey protein concentrate (WPC) or hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose (HPMC) as the hydrophilic phase, and from beeswax or carnauba wax as the hydrophobic phase.
With fair weather, Zavala's honey stand buzzes with dozens of customers stopping for honey, beeswax candles and related products.
The scientists isolated the chemical fingerprints of rice, beeswax that would have been associated with honey, and either hawthorn fruit or wild grape.
Pictured at left Is "Bag Lady," a life-size sculpture made of tea bags and beeswax on an old mannequin, which depicts the twist of humor, drama and realism that Keohane strives to portray in her art.
Candlemakers in the West are using natural products such as soy wax, beeswax, and essential oils to create candles that don't release potentially harmful chemicals into the air when they burn.
The rich wax-based formulation includes aloe vera to soothe and soften plus natural waxes, including beeswax, to prevent moisture loss.