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    A bit of bussiness

    Dear Teachers and Members,

    I normally understand that "A bit of business" means "An affair". But I am not sure if it is a small affair due to the word "a bit". Please could someone give me some clarification. Thanks

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    Re: A bit of bussiness

    Can you put it in a sentence for us? "A bit of business" isn't a recognised phrase in BrE. Note that "an affair" is frequently understood to mean "an extra-marital relationship".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A bit of bussiness

    Dear emsr2d2,
    In fact, that is title of a short story by William Trevor. Link is here. Sometimes, "A bit of business", to me, means "A deal". But in this particular case, it seems "a robbery". I just wonder "a bit" could be "small"?

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    Re: A bit of bussiness

    In normal conversation, if someone said to me "I've got a bit of business to do", I would assume that they had some business to do but it wouldn't take very long. If the story is about a robbery, then that is probably what the writer meant. Perhaps the main character's job/business is robbery.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A bit of bussiness

    William Trevor was an Irish writer. In Ireland "a bit of business", in the right context, can mean something nefarious.

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