1. (orig. US, also bis, bizney, bizniz, bizz) business; also attrib.
|Artemus Ward, His Book 222: ‘Let him fly, my child!’ said I, a-bucklin on my armer, ‘I must forth to my Biz.’.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 12/2: This was all in Joe’s line, and although I had made up my mind [...] never more to go on ‘crack biz,’ I was persuaded to try this.|
|E.C.B. Susan Jane 11: I know my biz.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 8 Jan. 2/1: Some straight-laced, and perhaps very good people, strongly object to the Punch and Judy show […]. We suppose, however, it’s all ‘biz’.|
|Lantern (N.O.) 14 May 2: The Peoples’ theatre [is] doing a howling biz.|
|Truth (Sydney) 19 Feb. 1/3: In Yankeeland a blizzard riz, / And executed fearful biz.|
|Hooligan Nights 24: I was well in the thick of where the lads carry on the biz.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 17 Jan. 12/3: Though you were running a big biz in Sydney.|
|You Can Search Me 62: She wouldn’t be in the biz eight hours if that gold mine —.|
|Illus. Police News 17 Aug. 12/3: ‘I’m a bit of an amateur at the biz’.Shadows of the Night in|
|Gem 16 Sept. 11: ‘You mind you own bizney, Wallace!’ he snorted.|
|All Abaht It Nov. 14: He’s got the biz down to a T, / Has Captain R —.|
|Ballads of the Regiment 44: I know my busy bis.‘Rough-Rider’|
|Last Poems 93: I’ve done with all that, love, / Believe me. Fact is / I’m thinking of starting / A quiet little biz.‘Trade’ in|
|Call It Sleep (1977) 369: Mind yuh own lousy biz!|
|Last Tycoon 36: The cleverest plagiarist in the biz.|
|Fowlers End (2001) 1: One of Sam Yudenow’s shows—the cream of the biz, the top of the milk!|
|Crust on its Uppers 23: We were doing some biz near Munich.|
|Blue Movie (1974) 10: ‘Boris B.’ [...] was a film director, and he was the best in the biz.|
|Revolting Rhymes n.p.: ‘Mind your own bizz,’ the Prince replied.|
|Homeboy 34: Cops all over worked no wonders for biz.|
|Hip-Hop Connection Jan. 74: A bit of the old promotor-turned-producer bizniz.|
|Be My Enemy 225: Her biz partner and principal ally.|
|Rubdown [ebook] How’d you get into the handshake biz, anyway?|
|Hilliker Curse 9: She flashed her snatch at him at some movie-biz party.|
|Thrill City [ebook] Such small victories were incommensurately satisfying in the PI biz.|
2. energy, ‘hustle’.
|Stag Party n.p.: When the hustler of the party, full of biz, / Rushes Round.|
3. as the biz, the real thing (and to be respected as such).
|Sporting Times 15 Mar. 1/3: Such an exclamation is supposed to be the proper ‘biz’.‘Vagaries of the Vernacular’|
|London Fields 108: Short legs were shortcuts . . . Yeah. They didn’t mess about. Short legs were shortcuts to the biz.|
|Vinnie Got Blown Away 18: Ronnie Good was hard, Ronnie Good was the biz.|
4. a situation, with no actual economic ‘business’ attached.
|Ally Sloper’s Half Holiday 31 May 35/2: Ally, ole hoss, you bin a-foolin’ round this claim fur might near a year, an’ hev never yit shot off your mouth on the marrying biz.|
|[perf. Marie Lloyd] Buy Me Some Almond Rock [lyrics] I heard in truth that General Boot / Is going to be M.C / And if he is, ’twill be good ‘biz’.|
|Adventures of Jimmie Dale 135: Blast you, Mope! [...] You’re too blamed fly! D’ye wanter queer the whole biz?|
|(con. WW1) Patrol 138: But it’s this war biz, that’s wot gets me’.|
|Diaries 10 Aug. 144: Peter E. gave me a lift. I told him the biz was over. He was q. understanding.|
|Homeboy 324: Ugly biz, either way.|
|Sun. Times (S.Afr.) 27 Jan. 22: A model with the hardest abs in the biz.|
5. see business n.
see do the business under business n.
(Can.) to work as a prostitute.
|At Home on the Stroll 231: While I was working the Biz, Karen and I were often asked what our day-to-day personal life was like.|
wonderful! excellent!; also as n. meaning a wonderful situation or thing.
|‘’Arry on Song and Sentiment’ in Punch 14 Nov. 229/1: Ah! to sit, mate, and listen to him [...] / While he rattles out ‘Mashed on a Muggins,’ is wot I call real good biz.|
|‘’Arry on the Season’ in Punch 22 June 298/3: The old sport o’ kings is good biz.|
|Liza of Lambeth (1966) 3: ‘Good biz; ’ere’s an organ!’ cried half a dozen people.|
|Hull Dly Mail 22 Mar. 4/2: ‘Good Biz!’ Birmingham properties have been revalued.|
|Sporting Times 12 Nov. 2/2: ‘It’s all off now with Rhoda, I’m telling no fibs!’ / And the damsel’s response was ‘Good biz!’.‘Landmarks’|
|Exeter & Plymouth Gaz. 15 Nov. 3/4: Head of mail order Department (seeing sacks of out-going mail): ‘Good biz!’.|
|Good Companions 17: Good biz, good biz! Got a rise meself last week. Good biz!|
|Hull Dly Mail 7 May 10/3: —Good egg!,’ chuckled Freddie. ‘Good egg and good biz!’.|