send (one) about (one's) business

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send (one) about (one's) business

To dismiss one or send one away, as from employment or from someone's presence, especially rudely or abruptly. When it became clear he was only interested in making a profit for himself, we sent him about his business. I always send door-to-door salesmen about their business whenever they catch me at home.
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send (one) about one's business

to send someone away, usually in an unfriendly way. Is that annoying man on the telephone again? Please send him about his business. Ann, I can't clean up the house with you hanging around. I'm going to have to send you about your business.
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send someone about his or her business

Also, send someone packing. Dismiss someone abruptly, as in They always ring the bell at suppertime, asking for signatures, but I send them about their business , or The owner caught Jack taking small items from the store and sent him packing. The first term, which in effect tells people to tend to their own affairs, was first recorded in 1768; the variant, alluding to telling people to pack their bags and leave, was first recorded in 1594. Also see send away.
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An excellent omelette, and cutlets cooked to perfection, he sent away untasted--he, whose appetite never failed him, whose digestion was still equal to any demands on it!
We shall only bring him here to ask him a question or so I want to put to him, and he'll be paid for his trouble and sent away again.
"Only, for God's sake, Princess dear, have them sent away and don't go out to them.
The hall porter was doggedly silent, but when Korney told him he ought to be sent away, Kapitonitch darted up to him, and waving his hands in Korney's face, began:
In the morning Milady, under the pretext that she had not slept well in the night and wanted rest, sent away the woman who attended her.
'misterioso, misterios' altero!'--she maintained her bitter scepticism, and the curtain fell on her dancing recklessly with the others, after Armand had been sent away with his flower.
Louis; but he doubted if he had sent away enough stuff to realize the required amount, and was afraid to make a further venture in the present excited state of the town.
The hair was curled, and the maid sent away, and Emma sat down to think and be miserable.It was a wretched business indeed!Such an overthrow of every thing she had been wishing for!Such a development of every thing most unwelcome!Such a blow for Harriet!that was the worst of all.
"I had no home in those days, and I was afraid of being sent away."
Meanwhile the real Maid Marian discovers that the venison has been sent away to Mother Maudlin's.
"To-night you see what I have done - I have, sent away my friends - and my carriage.
But if she DID, the letter was written and sent away with a privacy which eluded all her watchfulness to ascertain the fact.
Now at length we were in the cave, and I sent away those who were with us, for we wished to be alone with Dingaan at the last.
But, in order to feed the luxury and intemperance of the males, and the vanity of the females, we sent away the greatest part of our necessary things to other countries, whence, in return, we brought the materials of diseases, folly, and vice, to spend among ourselves.
Therefore, when, at dessert, upon a sign from D'Artagnan, Porthos had sent away his servants and the two friends were alone: