carrying on business

carrying on business

n. pursuing a particular occupation on a continuous and substantial basis. There need not be a physical or visible business "entity" as such.

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that the state of things was altered as to matrimony, and that I was not to expect at London what I had found in the country: that marriages were here the consequences of politic schemes for forming interests, and carrying on business, and that Love had no share, or but very little, in the matter.