mind (one's) own beeswax

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mind (one's) own beeswax

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

to mind one's own business. (Juvenile.) You just mind your own beeswax! Lay off! Mind your own beeswax!
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mind your own beeswax

(...ˈbizwæks)
tv. to mind one’s own business. (Juvenile.) Lay off! Mind your own beeswax!
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mind your own beeswax

A euphemism for “mind your own business.” Since “mind their own business” sounds harsh, if not impolite, the close-sounding word “beeswax” was substituted. Those to whom the remark was directed might still get their noses out of joint, but somewhat less so than if the word had been “business.” An interesting, although fanciful, piece of folk etymology tells us that American colonial women stood over a kettle and stirred wax to make candles. If they didn't pay attention, the wax or fire might burn their hair and clothing. Someone who let her concentration wander would be reminded to “mind your own beeswax.”
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But the truth is I'm just incapable of minding my own beeswax. I don't care who you are - I want to know EVERYTHING about you.
So, I'm sitting in traffic, minding my own beeswax when a gaggle of ladies (I use the term gaggle with the greatest of respect), presumably on their way to a hen night, as one of their number is wearing 'L' plates and a road-cone on her head, pull alongside in the rear of a battered hackney mini-bus.