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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 had better," says the Captain of the Ferndale very businesslike, as if the whole thing were settled.
It was a businesslike letter, and stated frankly what he would do for them and what he would not do.
There was a great deal of effort about their manner, but no businesslike method.
He--with his temperament as I know it--he has become careful and businesslike, a first-rate manager, he positively reckons every penny in his management of the land.
The woman, who had sent them out of Razumov's way apparently, spoke in a businesslike voice.
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--
Let us know all about it first,' said the surgeon, continuing his examination with a businesslike delight in it, 'before we pronounce.
Not exactly, Fred,' replied the imperturable Richard, continuing to write with a businesslike air.
asked Pulcheria Alexandrovna, who was more uneasy than ever at the sudden, new businesslike tone of his talk.
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.

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