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getting down to business


Choose the correct definition a, b or c.

a) starting into one’s work

Well done ! That’s the right answer.

To get down to business means starting the work that must be done.

French translation

passer aux choses sérieuses ; se mettre au travail

Examples in context

‘Those slavering for a fight of glorious proportions were listening intently to the running commentary on the festering row between Rafael NAdal and Roger Federer. When they got down to business, however, Heather Watson had eyes only for Victoria Azarenka on the other side of the net in the Rod Laver Arena in the opening to the 2012 Australian Open and was detained a mere hour and seven minutes as the world No3 swept her away 6-1, 6-0.’

guardian.co.uk, 16th Jan. 2012

‘Stop worrying about your company structure and get down to business. Should social enterprises be CLGs, CICs or CLSs ? The important thing is to get started, writes Hermione Taylor.’

Guardian Professional, 20th June 2011

Everyday usage

Alright, let’s get down to business and start working.

b) opening your own business

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c) going back to your office after a break

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