[before 950; Middle English; Old English bisignes. See busy. -ness ]
of flies; flies collectively.
- As oxygen is the disintegrating principle of life, working night and day to dissolve, separate, pull apart and dissipate, so there is something in business that continually tends to scatter, destroy and shift possession from this man to that. A million mice nibble eternally at every business venture —Elbert Hubbard
- Business is like a man rowing a boat upstream. He has no choice; he must go ahead or he will go back —Lewis E. Pierson
- Business is like oil. It won’t mix with anything but business —J. Grahame
- Business … is very much like religion: it is founded on faith —William McFee
- Business policy flows downhill from the mountain, like water —Anon
- A business without customers is like a computer without bytes —Anon
As the entries that follow show, this concept lends itself to many additional twists. A business without customers is like a stage without light —Anon A business without orders is like a room without windows —Anon Buying and selling like a Rockefeller —Arthur A. Cohen A corporation is just like any natural person, except that it has no pants to kick or soul to damn —Ernst and Lindley
Playwrights Ernst and Lindley wrote this simile to be spoken by a judge in their 1930’s
play Hold Your Tongue . Corporate politics is like the days of Andrew Jackson, the spoils system —Rita Mae Brown Customers drop away like tenpins —Anon Inventory that just sits there like it’s nailed to the floor —Anthony E. Stockanes Nowadays almost every business is like show business, including politics, which has become more like show business than show business is —Russell Baker Orders fell like stones —Anon (Being in the microcomputer business is) risky, like going 55 miles an hour three feet from a cliff. If you make the wrong turn you’re bankrupt so fast you don’t know what hit you —George Morrow, quoted in New York Times. March 11, 1986 when his company went bankrupt Some businesses are like desert flowers. They bloom overnight, and they’re gone —George Morrow, quoted New York Times. March 11, 1986
The first two words are transposed from “Computer companies” to generalize the comparison. The tide of business, like the running stream, is sometimes high and sometimes low, a quiet ebb, or a tempestuous flow, and always in extreme —John Dryden Tradespeople are just like gardeners. They take advantage of your not knowing —Agatha Christie
1. used as an uncountable noun
Business is the work of making, buying, and selling goods or services.
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