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business

1. an industrial, commercial, or professional operation; purchase and sale of goods and services
2. a commercial or industrial establishment, such as a firm or factory
3. commercial activity; dealings (esp in the phrase do business)
4. volume or quantity of commercial activity
5. commercial policy or procedure
6. Theatre an incidental action, such as lighting a pipe, performed by an actor for dramatic effect
7. a group of ferrets
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It was all so very businesslike that one watched it fascinated.
He heard her voice again, curt, businesslike, and yet betraying the hesitation which had been the real reason of her prolonged silence.
She calmed down, the gleam of suffused tears in her eyes dried out instantly by the heat of her passion, and it was in her capable, businesslike manner that she went on--
It's too long, but omitting the passages I've marked will make it just the right length," he said, in a businesslike tone.
And then fell to pulling off, not only his jacket and waistcoat, but his shirt too, in a manner at once light-hearted, businesslike, and bloodthirsty.
Again, and yet again, White Fang sprang in, slashed, and got away untouched, and still his strange foe followed after him, without too great haste, not slowly, but deliberately and determinedly, in a businesslike sort of way.
After reading his account of it I was prepared to meet a good specimen of manhood, but hardly the quiet, businesslike gentleman who came here today.
Skiff Miller arose, no longer awkward with admiration of Madge, and in a sharp, businesslike manner asked, "How long have you had him?
He had better," says the Captain of the Ferndale very businesslike, as if the whole thing were settled.
He said: "The project will help social enterprises to become more businesslike and consequently grow in size and turnover, becoming less reliant on grant income.
But the big difference was the body style which was much more boxy and businesslike.
In a week when football is in the dock and its name in the clarts, I think it was businesslike.

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