get the business

get the business

1. To be subjected to harsh treatment, teasing, mockery, or verbal harassment. The youngest players on the team always get the business from the older ones. The defendant got the business from protesters gathered outside the court.
2. To receive a severe scolding, punishment, or rebuke. I know I'm going to get the business when my boss finds out I lost our most lucrative account. Johnny got the business from his parents after he broke the living room lamp.
See also: business, get