Green’s Dictionary of Slang

biz n.1


1. (orig. US, also bis, bizney, bizniz, bizz) business; also attrib.

[US]‘Artemus Ward’ Artemus Ward, His Book 222: ‘Let him fly, my child!’ said I, a-bucklin on my armer, ‘I must forth to my Biz.’.
[UK]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.
[US]G.G. Hart E.C.B. Susan Jane 11: I know my biz.
[Aus]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’.
[US]Lantern (N.O.) 14 May 2: The Peoples’ theatre [is] doing a howling biz.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 19 Feb. 1/3: In Yankeeland a blizzard riz, / And executed fearful biz.
[UK]C. Rook Hooligan Nights 24: I was well in the thick of where the lads carry on the biz.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 17 Jan. 12/3: Though you were running a big biz in Sydney.
[US]‘Hugh McHugh’ You Can Search Me 62: She wouldn’t be in the biz eight hours if that gold mine —.
[UK]D. Stewart Shadows of the Night in Illus. Police News 17 Aug. 12/3: ‘I’m a bit of an amateur at the biz’.
[UK]Gem 16 Sept. 11: ‘You mind you own bizney, Wallace!’ he snorted.
[Aus]All Abaht It Nov. 14: He’s got the biz down to a T, / Has Captain R —.
[US]G.E. Griffin ‘Rough-Rider’ Ballads of the Regiment 44: I know my busy bis.
[UK]T.W.H. Crosland ‘Trade’ in Last Poems 93: I’ve done with all that, love, / Believe me. Fact is / I’m thinking of starting / A quiet little biz.
[US]H. Roth Call It Sleep (1977) 369: Mind yuh own lousy biz!
[US] F.S. Fitzgerald Last Tycoon 36: The cleverest plagiarist in the biz.
[UK]G. Kersh Fowlers End (2001) 1: One of Sam Yudenow’s shows—the cream of the biz, the top of the milk!
[UK]R. Cook Crust on its Uppers 23: We were doing some biz near Munich.
[US]T. Southern Blue Movie (1974) 10: ‘Boris B.’ [...] was a film director, and he was the best in the biz.
[UK]R. Dahl Revolting Rhymes n.p.: ‘Mind your own bizz,’ the Prince replied.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 34: Cops all over worked no wonders for biz.
[US]Hip-Hop Connection Jan. 74: A bit of the old promotor-turned-producer bizniz.
[UK]C. Brookmyre Be My Enemy 225: Her biz partner and principal ally.
[Aus]L. Redhead Rubdown [ebook] How’d you get into the handshake biz, anyway?
[US]J. Ellroy Hilliker Curse 9: She flashed her snatch at him at some movie-biz party.
[Aus]L. Redhead Thrill City [ebook] Such small victories were incommensurately satisfying in the PI biz.

2. energy, ‘hustle’.

[US]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).

[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘Vagaries of the Vernacular’ Sporting Times 15 Mar. 1/3: Such an exclamation is supposed to be the proper ‘biz’.
[UK]M. Amis London Fields 108: Short legs were shortcuts . . . Yeah. They didn’t mess about. Short legs were shortcuts to the biz.
[UK]J. Cameron Vinnie Got Blown Away 18: Ronnie Good was hard, Ronnie Good was the biz.

4. a situation, with no actual economic ‘business’ attached.

[UK]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.
[UK]J. Tabrar [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’.
[US]F. Packard Adventures of Jimmie Dale 135: Blast you, Mope! [...] You’re too blamed fly! D’ye wanter queer the whole biz?
[UK](con. WW1) P. MacDonald Patrol 138: But it’s this war biz, that’s wot gets me’.
[UK]K. Williams Diaries 10 Aug. 144: Peter E. gave me a lift. I told him the biz was over. He was q. understanding.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 324: Ugly biz, either way.
[SA]Sun. Times (S.Afr.) 27 Jan. 22: A model with the hardest abs in the biz.

5. see business n.

In phrases

In exclamations

good biz!

wonderful! excellent!; also as n. meaning a wonderful situation or thing.

[UK] ‘’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.
[UK] ‘’Arry on the Season’ in Punch 22 June 298/3: The old sport o’ kings is good biz.
[UK]W.S. Maugham Liza of Lambeth (1966) 3: ‘Good biz; ’ere’s an organ!’ cried half a dozen people.
[UK]Hull Dly Mail 22 Mar. 4/2: ‘Good Biz!’ Birmingham properties have been revalued.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘Landmarks’ 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!’.
[UK]Exeter & Plymouth Gaz. 15 Nov. 3/4: Head of mail order Department (seeing sacks of out-going mail): ‘Good biz!’.
[UK]J.B. Priestley Good Companions 17: Good biz, good biz! Got a rise meself last week. Good biz!
[UK]Hull Dly Mail 7 May 10/3: —Good egg!,’ chuckled Freddie. ‘Good egg and good biz!’.