- any taboo or criminal actIt may refer to defecation or, less often, urination, by humans or animals; to sexual activity; to killing; to illegal drug use; etc.Frensic finished his business in the lavatory. (Sharpe, 1977 — Frensic was not a plumber)Clem, a pedigree Labrador, evidently feeling at home, did his business. (Sharpe, 1976)A 5.9 dropped in his trench, while he was absent on a business essential to health. (Mark VII, 1927, writing of the First World War)This was the first time they'd done the business in a good while; two months nearly. Made love. (R. Doyle, 1991)Mine was a large lady, already in the business for some time. (Londres, 1928, in translation)... you'd tried to give the Fiihrer the business. (Price, 1978 — someone had tried to kill Hitler)In the jargon of prostitution, a business woman is a prostitute.
How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. R. W. Holder. 2014.