to mean business

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - mean business

"to mean business"

to be very serious;

to be in earnest


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - mean business

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Do you really think the boss is serious when she says that leaving work early on a Friday is now a firing offense?

Colleague 2:  I know that leaving early on Fridays was overlooked in the past but Ken has already been fired for it.

Colleague 1:  I guess the boss really means business, then.

Colleague 2:  We won't be slipping out early on Fridays any more. That's for sure.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - mean business

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I am getting really sick and tired of all the mess in the neighbor's yard. I think I am going to report him to the city. His yard is dangerous.

Friend 2:  You've been complaining about your neighbor for a long time. You always threaten to do something but never do.

Friend 1:  This time I mean business. I have already drafted a letter to city council.

Friend 2:  It's about time you got serious with your threat.

to mean business - Usage:


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to mean business - Gerund Form:

Meaning business, all the poor performers were fired.

to mean business - Examples:

1)  We are not here to produce the working poor. We mean business and we refuse to produce children only good enough to work in retail stores.

2)  ... middle part is pretty, but a low side part makes you look like you mean business.

3)  When SAA says you have 72 hours to leave or die they mean business.

4)  Show them you mean business. Have "no trespassing" notices or signage that orders people to report ...

5)  These people mean business and will do anything to survive.

6)  This is not a holiday so we mean business.

7)  ... bring it up to par. The important thing is, they know, we mean business. That's important. They know we are strict.

8)  ... daring executives of the NPP to go to court with the list if they really mean business.

9)  ... gate or a pet gate is a humorous way to let your guests know you mean business. You could always just put chairs across the opening.

10)  But once they see we mean business by calling in the police they quieten down.

11)  ... he's surprisingly serious in person, wearing round Hockney specs that suggest he means business.

12)  ... execute corrupt officials at Luneta as a lesson to other officials that he means business

13)  The ministry has already shown that it means business and will enforce the price control according to the legal provisions empowered by law.

14)  ... she reliably jolts any film alive with her intelligence and commanding presence. She usually means business.

15)  ... known as a "professional and straight" soldier who means business. He is tough and commanding when it comes to profession, ...

16)  The Clean Sport Collective means business. Pro athletes who take the pledge promise to donate $25,000 to the nonprofit ...

17)  They know he means business in ridding the country of illicit drugs, the No. 1 scourge.

18)  You can tell by the look in his eyes that he means business. You know that he wants to win and has that competitive ...

19)  He showed his fellow citizens just how much he means business when he cancelled the nation's Independence Day celebrations and instead ...

20)  ... after it was launched, it still looks like a joke. If the government means business, it should be seen to be doing more than it is doing now ...