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.
See also: business, mind, own

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!"
See also: business, mind, own

(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 ?
Reader, I think proper, before we proceed any farther together, to acquaint thee that I intend to digress, through this whole history, as often as I see occasion, of which I am myself a better judge than any pitiful critic whatever; and here I must desire all those critics to mind their own business, and not to intermeddle with affairs or works which no ways concern them; for till they produce the authority by which they are constituted judges, I shall not plead to their jurisdiction.
Some people would do better to mind their own business," she retorted.
Pocket, who burst into tears on receiving the note, and said that it was an extraordinary thing that the neighbours couldn't mind their own business.
Spiders do solid work destroying flies and they mind their own business
Tell them to mind their own business,' said June, whose character has kidney cancer.
THE BORROWERS (U): A TALE of little people living under the floorboards who just want to mind their own business.
English people tend to mind their own business more while Scots tend to know other's business".
NOTTINGHAM FOREST bad boy Pierre Van Hooijdonk has told his critics to mind their own business as he contemplates moving to Monaco this week.