Definition of mean business in English:

mean business


  • Be in earnest.

    ‘the border is sealed by troops who mean business’
    • ‘Eight businesses were based in Michigan, seven in New York, nineteen in Colorado, and fifteen in Montana, showing that salmon mean business across the nation.’
    • ‘Community colleges mean business.’
    • ‘This team means business. We are not there to show off. We want to achieve something together.’
    • ‘Google shifts focus to show it means business.’
    • ‘The 100 British companies that are here today are hard evidence of the fact that Britain really does mean business.’