get down to business

get down to business

 and get down to work
to begin to get serious; to begin to negotiate or conduct business. All right, every one. Let's get down to business. There has been enough chitchat. When the president and vice president arrive, we can get down to business.
See also: business, down, get

get down to business

to begin seriously doing what you need to do They both knew they did not have much time, so they got down to business and began to discuss the issues that needed to be settled.
Usage notes: sometimes used without get: Our professor is very down to business and very well prepared.
Related vocabulary: get down to it
See also: business, down, get
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The protests at Betis (Mel's former club) say it all, so hopefully we can get down to business and see a better second half to the season than the first.
Corporate travellers don't want to spend time arranging breakfast, laundry, late check-outs or internet access, they just want to get down to business quickly and easily.
Moreover, when Americans experience authentic corporate citizenship, they get down to business in their relationships with brands.