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the business

1. Verbal abuse, scolding, or teasing; also, a beating. For example, At boarding school new kids always get the business, or The boxer faked and then gave his opponent the business. [Slang; c. 1940]
2. A harsh interrogation, as in The detectives gave each suspect the business. [Slang; c. 1940]
3. Dismissal from work or jilting, as in Once the new management takes over I'm sure to get the business, or Dorothy gave him the business and married someone else. [Slang; c. 1940]
See also: business
References in classic literature ?
The little account, about which we quarreled and finally parted, cannot, in any item, be thought overcharged, by gentlemen really conversant with the nature of the business.
He had done his part, and it now remained for men of different abilities to take up his telephone and adapt it to the uses and conditions of the business world.
It was told me by the Bank that the gentleman would explain to me the details of the business, and that I must prepare myself to find them of a surprising nature.
Stated briefly, the business of the firm was of the widely miscellaneous sort.
He tore the veils of illusion from the business game, and saw its nakedness.
It is quite enough, mother, to know that the business is completed.
Deane, when they were alone, turning his substantial person a little in his chair, and taking out his snuff-box; "what's the business, my boy; what's the business?
In the first place, it may be deemed almost superfluous to establish the fact, that among people at large, the business of whaling is not accounted on a level with what are called the liberal professions.
Then the business game is to make profits out of others, and to prevent others from making profits out of you.
They will think you a fool, and perhaps may not trouble to conceal their opinion after they have finished the business.
The business will get rather complicated if I've many more customers.
For men's eyes are upon the business, and not upon the persons; or if upon the persons, it is for the business' sake, as fittest, and not for flags and pedigree.
Fact is, I never could do things up the way some fellers manage the business.
It seems he had his hands full of the business of the bank, and had engaged to meddle with no other business that that of his office, which I heard afterwards, but did not understand then.
The last thing he attends to at Grailsea will be the business that brings him there.