the business

the business  {n.},  {slang} — Usually used with "give" or "get".
1. All that you are able to do; greatest effort.
Johnny gave the tryouts the business but he failed to make the team.
2. The most harm possible; the greatest damage or hurt.
Fred got the business when Tom caught him with his bicycle.
3. A harsh scolding.
The teacher gave Walter the business when he came to school late again.
Mike thought he was the star of the team until he got the business from the coach.
Compare: THE WORKS.
Categories: business hurt {n.} {slang}