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Meaning of “mean business” in the English Dictionary

"mean business" in British English

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mean business

informal to ​want very much to ​achieve something
(Definition of mean business from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mean business" in American English

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mean business

to be ​serious about taking ​action: You’ve got to ​tell the ​students that you mean ​business – if they don’t do ​work, they won’t ​pass the ​class.
(Definition of mean business from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “mean business”
in Chinese (Simplified) 是认真的, 决心要做成(某事)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 是認真的, 決心要做成(某事)…
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