business as usual

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business as usual (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic) The normal course of an activity, particularly in circumstances that are out of the ordinary.
    • 2013 April 9, Andrei Lankov, “Stay Cool. Call North Korea’s Bluff.”, in New York Times[1]:
      In other words, it is business as usual on the Korean Peninsula. Perhaps, when the atmosphere cools down, an argument can be made for giving North Korea’s leaders some of the assistance they want, if they are willing to make concessions of their own.
  2. (idiomatic) The normal execution of standard functional operations within an organisation, particularly in contrast to a project or program which would introduce change (although that change may itself become business as usual).




business as usual (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) That is usual, expected, not extraordinary.

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