mind (one's) own business

(redirected from minding one's own business)

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.
See also: business, mind, own

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.
See also: business, mind, own

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.
See also: business, mind, own

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.
See also: business, mind, own
References in periodicals archive ?
He covers the natural environment vis-a-vis human cultural space; natives, newcomers, and social networking in a multicultural society; defining Finnishness; impressions from the drive for independence; the secrets of Finnish entrepreneurship: know-how and inventiveness; what makes Finland's school education so efficient and how important language choices are for knowledge construction, global manifestations of the Finnish cultural mind, and minding one's own business and that of others in a cooperative fashion as a Finnish recipe for world peace.
As minding one's own business proves not to be an option in the joint, Wade immediately becomes enmeshed in conflicts not of his own making.
Conniff might take note that to many members of the queer community, minding one's own business is a synonym for hiding one's sexuality behind a well-tended facade of middle class respectability.
She ends her diatribe by claiming that minding one's own business is a "lowly virtue.
A respected mastro (master craftsman) and paterfamilias in a community that inculcates a sense of omerta a code of silence and of minding one's own business, he fears the consequences for himself and his family, his reputation, their standing in the community, if he were to go to the authorities -- strangers in the community, representatives of a legal system imposed from the outside -- to implicate a prominent member of the community.
The idea of minding one's own business, of course, was not restricted to saloongoers.
While minding one's own business is important, snitching is a recognized activity and not frowned upon as it is in male prisons.