mind (one's) own business

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mind (one's) own business

To not interfere in someone else's affairs; to not pry or be nosy. Often used as an imperative. Mind your own business, will you? I can take care of my problems just fine. I really wish she would mind her own business and stop asking me about my finances. So there I was, minding my own business, when the security guard comes over and starts asking me all kinds of questions.
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mind one's own business

Fig. to attend only to the things that concern one. Leave me alone, Bill. Mind your own business. I'd be fine if John would mind his own business.
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Mind your own business.

 and Get your nose out of my business.; Keep your nose out of my business.
Fig. Stop prying into my affairs. (Not at all polite. The expressions with get and keep can have the literal meanings of removing and keeping removed.) Andy: This is none of your affair. Mind your own business. Sue: I was only trying to help. Bob: How much did you pay in federal taxes last year? Jane: Good grief, Bob! Keep your nose out of my business! Tom: How much did it cost? Sue: Tom! Get your nose out of my business! "Hey!" shrieked Sally, jerking the checkbook out of Sue's grasp. "Get your nose out of my business!"
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(I'm just) minding my own business.

Fig. an answer to a greeting inquiry asking what one is doing. (This answer also can carry the implication "Since I am minding my own business, why aren't you minding your own business?") Tom: Hey, man, what are you doing? Bill: Minding my own business. See you around. Sue: Hi, Mary. What have you been doing? Mary: I'm just minding my own business and trying to keep out of trouble.
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mind one's own business

Keep from meddling, pay attention to one's own affairs, as in If she would only mind her own business, there would be a lot fewer family quarrels. Already described as a wise course by the ancients (Seneca had it as Semper meum negotium ago, "I always mind my own business"), this precept has been repeated in English since about 1600.
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ˌmind your own ˈbusiness

(spoken, informal) think about your own affairs and not ask questions about or try to get involved in other people’s lives: ‘Who was the girl I saw you with last night?’ ‘Mind your own business!’I was sitting in a cafe minding my own business when a man came up to me and hit me in the face.
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References in classic literature ?
'Perhaps, the best civility, whatever kind of people we are brought up among,' retorts Edwin Drood, 'is to mind our own business. If you will set me that example, I promise to follow it.'
We'll not mind them, we'll mind our own business - baka ganyan po ang tingin nila?' Marcoleta asked.
We'll not mind them, we'll mind our own business - why do they perceive it that way?)
We should remain militarily strong enough to prevent attack, bring our troops home from policing the world, and mind our own business. If that were our nation's policy, the threat of terrorism would evaporate dramatically if not completely.
This, then, is the "isolationism" that our modem-day sophisticates hold in such low esteem: Mind our own business; maintain impartiality about foreign quarrels, whose tangled ramifications we can't fully appreciate in any case; lead by example rather than by political maneuvering or military force; and encourage non-political relations with all who will accept our friendship.