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mean business

To be grave and resolute in demeanor. Mom sounded like she means business, so you better clean your room.
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mean business

to be very, very serious. Stop laughing! I mean business. I could tell from the look on her face that she meant business.
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mean business

Be in earnest. For example, He really means business with this deadline. This idiom uses business in the sense of "a serious endeavor." [Mid-1800s]
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mean business

COMMON If you mean business, you are serious and determined about what you are doing. One of them poked a shotgun at me. I could see he meant business. Now, in the wake of the student-led demonstrations, the party is trying to convince people it means business.
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mean business

be in earnest.
1992 New York Times The protest is a matter of principle…and also a necessary act of assertiveness by the delegates to show they mean business.
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mean ˈbusiness

(informal) be serious about what you plan to do; be determined: He means business. If we try to escape, he’ll shoot us.I’m not joking. This time I really mean business.
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mean business

tv. to be very, very serious. Stop laughing! I mean business.
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mean business

Informal
To be in earnest.
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