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a going concern

A business, enterprise, or activity that has done well thus far and is expected to continue making a profit. The odds weren't great setting up another café in town, but it has since become a going concern.
See also: concern, going

concern (someone) in (something)

To involve someone in something. You really don't need to concern your mother in our financial issues—we're perfectly capable of sorting them out on our own.
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concern (oneself) about (something)

To become focused on someone or something because one feels partly responsible for dealing with it. Your mother really doesn't need to concern herself about our financial issues—we're perfectly capable of sorting them out on our own.
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concern (someone) with (someone or something)

1. To involve someone in something to the extent that they feel partly responsible for dealing with it. You really don't need to concern your mother with our financial issues—we're perfectly capable of sorting them out on our own.
2. To cause someone to worry about something. I don't want to concern my parents with this news until we get more information about how serious the illness is.
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to whom it may concern

To the person to whom this letter applies or to whom it ultimately reaches. A formal address used at the beginning of a letter or email when the appropriate or ultimate recipient's identity is unknown. To whom it may concern: I am writing today to lodge a formal complaint against your company.
See also: concern, may, whom

concern oneself about someone or something

 and concern oneself over someone or something
to turn one's thoughts and consideration to someone or something. I hope you will concern yourself over your work a little more. Please don't concern yourself about me. I'll do okay.
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concern someone in something

to bring someone into some matter; to engage someone in something; to occupy someone with something. Don't concern Dave in our party planning. He doesn't know anything about entertaining. The wrong committee was concerned in this from the very beginning.
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concern someone with someone or something

to busy someone with someone or something; to worry someone with thoughts of someone or something. I hope Jennifer does not concern herself with this matter. Try to concern him with something other than his work.
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to whom it may concern

Cliché to the person to whom this applies. (A form of address used when you do not know the name of the person who handles the kind of business you are writing about.) The letter started out, "To whom it may concern." When you don't know who to write to, just say, "To whom it may concern."
See also: concern, may, whom

to whom it may concern

To the appropriate recipient for this message, as in I didn't know who was responsible for these complaints so I just addressed it "to whom it may concern ." This phrase is a formula used in letters, testimonials, and the like when one does not know the name of the proper person to address. [Second half of 1800s]
See also: concern, may, whom

a ˌgoing conˈcern

a business or an activity that is making a profit and is expected to continue to do well: He sold the cafe as a going concern.
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With regard to national issues, the most urgent concern was increasing workers' pay (45 percent) while 31 to 34 percent cited controlling inflation, reducing poverty, criminality, creating more jobs and fighting corruption in government.
Despite any of the negative effects such access might have on STD incidences, the beneficial influence over-the-counter access would have on teen pregnancy rates far outweighs these concerns.
Positive media stereotypes and school images of intellectually gifted students usually do not make a compelling argument that there are, in fact, a multitude of social and emotional concerns in this population.
In a sense, since he failed to talk out the problem, he instead acted out the problem, through brusque comments, officious treatment towards her, and a tendency to minimize her concerns.
This was followed in this order: drug concerns, family problems, career needs, relationship problems, finance, sexual harassment, academic ability, personality types, anxiety/depression, differential treatment and serf-evaluation.
Central to our deliberation in MTNA was the purpose of an Ethical Concerns Committee.
How those security concerns went unaddressed until so late in the design phase has been the subject of much speculation.
Other ways to communicate concern include providing financial information about retirement investments, offering fitness and stress-reduction classes, and having a guidance counselor available to advise parents about college admissions and costs.
He expressed concern about a recent request to the IRS from the Senate Finance Committee to turn over more than 400 APAs and their underlying documentation, the names of all professionals employed by the APA unit in the last 10 years, and a summary of all disciplinary actions brought against APA and competent authority personnel for the last three years.
Our concern is that the mine might be much more acidic than Falconbridge has predicted and, therefore, much more toxic," she says.
In one group, a student said "it's not like we're 40 and have to worry about high cholesterol," similarly in another group, a student stated that "it is a concern, but not a top priority" and another participant added that "[students] do not care unless it's serious.
As the paper's objective did not concern the expectation gap, there were no specific measures of consumer expectations or disconfirmation of expectations gathered from the respondents.
AM: What are some rural/farm issues that really concern urban audiences?
Concern about health effects from EMFs first arose in 1979, when a study found that children who lived in close proximity to certain types of electrical lines had a higher risk of leukemia.
Next, identify the primary areas of concern for people in late adulthood.