Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (18701938). Rogets International Thesaurus. 1922.
Class V. Words Releasing to the Voluntary Powers
Division (I) Individual Volition
Section II. Prospective Volition
1. Conceptional Volition
BUSINESS, occupation, employment, undertaking; pursuit [See Pursuit]; what one is doing, what one is about; affair, concern, matter, case.
TASK, matter in hand, irons in the fire; thing to do, agendum (pl. agenda), work, job, chore [U. S.], errand, commission, mission, charge, care; duty [See Duty].
exercise; work (action) [See Action]; avocation, hobby; press of business (activity) [See Activity].
FUNCTION, part, rôle, cue; province, lookout [colloq.], department, capacity, sphere, orb [now rare], field, line; walk, - of life; beat, round, routine; race, career.
OFFICE, place, post, chargeship, incumbency, living; situation, berth, billet, appointment, employ [rare], service (servitude) [See Subjection]; engagement; undertaking [See Undertaking].
VOCATION, calling, profession, cloth, faculty; industry, art; industrial arts; craft, mystery [obs.], handicraft; trade (commerce) [See Barter].
OCCUPY ONESELF WITH; pass -, employ -, spend- ones time in; employ oneself -in, - upon; concern oneself with; make it ones business &c. n.; undertake [See Undertaking]; enter a profession; betake oneself to, turn ones hand to; have to do with (do) [See Action].
be about, be doing, be engaged in, be employed in, be occupied with, be at work on; have ones hands in, have in hand; have on ones -hands, - shoulders; bear the burden; have ones hands full (activity) [See Activity]. PLY ONES TASK, ply ones trade; drive a trade; carry on -, do -, transact- -business, - a trade &c. n.; keep a shop; labor in ones vocation; pursue the even tenor of ones way; attend to business, attend to ones work.
OFFICIATE, serve, act; act ones part, play ones part; do duty; serve -, discharge -, perform- the -office, - duties, - functions- of; hold -, fill- -an office, - a place, - a situation; hold a portfolio.
BE IN THE HANDS OF, be on the stocks, be on the anvil; pass through ones hands.
BUSINESSLIKE; workaday; professional, vocational; official, functional; humming, busy (actively employed) [See Activity].
IN HAND, on hand; on or in ones hands; afoot; on foot, on the anvil; going on; acting.
IN THE COURSE OF BUSINESS, all in the days work; professionally &c. adj.
A business with an income at its heels.Cowper
Amoto quæramus seria ludo.Horace
Par negotiis neque supra.Tacitus
Why not have a bit of romance in business when it costs nothing?Shaw