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free enterprise

Something that one pursues, often illegally, as a means to personal gain. Did you hear that she's started dabbling in some free enterprise and selling things on the black market?
See also: enterprise, free

private enterprise

Something that one pursues, often illegally, as a means to personal gain. Did you hear that she's started dabbling in some private enterprise and selling things on the black market?
See also: enterprise, private
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free enterprise

Also, private enterprise. An undertaking on one's own behalf, especially a shady or illegal one. For example, The city treasurer didn't bother with competitive bids; the spirit of free enterprise just led him to his brother-in-law , or The sergeant indulged in a little private enterprise, selling cigarettes on the black market . This sarcastic application of a term that has meant, since about 1885, the freedom of private businesses to operate competitively for profit with a minimum of government control, dates from the mid-1900s.
See also: enterprise, free
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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These social enterprisers not only create better cities, their organizations are economic engines and job-hatching machines.
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The concept actually takes shape as "demand inertia", which once established is of help in deciding the level of increasing the price which allows the enterpriser to increase his profit throughout the period left until the consumers' reply.
Seema Aziz urged the women enterprisers to never compromise on the standards of their products.
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Regarding the motives for which the Enterprisers decided to develop their own business, these are in order of importance: necessity to develop a self-safety feeling for 58.23% of them, willingness to obtain higher earnings for 52.76% of them and opportunity arising for 48.18% of them.
His results showed clear differences between independent enterprisers, business executives from medium and large companies and people not in business.
FAISALABAD -- President Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) Engineer Rizwan Ashraf has urged all enterprisers to mobilize their resources for avoiding the outbreak of dengue epidemic within their respective areas.
Interesting folk, North-East Enterprisers! They come from all sectors and backgrounds and could do with a bit of recognition for the extra-curricula work they engage in on behalf of the region.
When considering the example of these free enterprisers, we couldn't have said it better than Dave Richardson of Kaufmann's Catering.
For Youth Challenge Fund, the Cabinet approved an amount of Rs.120 million as grant for young enterprisers who would prepare proposals for new business initiatives.
Representatives of the business community, including president The Indus Enterprisers (TIE) Saleem Ghauri, chairman Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA) Agha Saiddan and others observed.
He said that federal and provincial governments are people friendly and particularly labourers friendly; therefore, they have made workers partners in the state enterprisers. He further said that it is the achievement of the present democratic government that now the children of labourers are getting free education in top national universities and profession colleges.
The trade policy is aimed at poverty alleviation, employment generation, and export-led growth to bring in greater benefits to the commonman besides focusing on development of agriculture, textile, Small and Medium Enterprisers and domestic raw materials, the Prime Minister said.
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