American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Commercial operations organized and financed on a large scale: clashes between labor and big business.
- n. sometimes capitalized Large, for-profit corporations collectively, understood as having significant economic, political, or social influence.
- n. commercial enterprises organized and financed on a scale large enough to influence social and political policies
“Then one day, at the grocery store, I came across an issue of Time magazine that featured a cover story about the media frenzy and big business surrounding Selenas death.”
“Jay Gould, who became a sort of Napoleon of finance, early showed a talent for big business and power to deal with men.”
“She stopped at the Eighth Street Deli, which did a big business selling overpriced sandwiches to rich NYU students and professors.”
“Like the possible, oh so important election as a voting member to the super-exclusive Turf Club, or membership in the Hong Kong Golf Club or Cricket Club — or even the Club itself — or any of the other minor though equally exclusive clubs that were tightly controlled by the British tai-pans of great hongs where all the really big business was conducted.”
“As a result, labor activities were largely controlled, and big business groups known as chaebols were created.”
“The reports of messieurs the prefects are disquieting; the army is divided into Bonapartists and Republicans; the body of big business in Paris has pronounced against Henry V.”
“Certain senior senators would have loved to destroy your chances, but you are far too well known as a patron of honor and sincere supporter of big business (especially after your scrupulous honoring of all your promises in Africa).”
“In Philanthrocapitalism, Michael Green and I argue that big private philanthropies such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and big business have crucial, though subtly different, roles to play in addressing todays big social challenges.”
“The bartender was doing a big business with mugs of sweet, mint-laced Southsiders.”
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