business before pleasure

business before pleasure
The two nouns are frequently contrasted in other, non-proverbial, expressions. Cf. c 1640 Grobiana’s Nuptials (MS Bodley 30) 15 Well to the businesse.—On; businesse is senior to complement; 1767 T. HUTCHINSON Diary & Letters (1883) I. v. Pleasure should always give way to business.

1837 C. G. F. GORE Stokeshill Place III. vi. ‘Business before pleasure’ is a golden rule which most of us regard as iron.

1943 S. STERLING Down among Dead Men v. This is business, Sarge. You know what business comes before.

1986 J. HESS Strangled Prose vi. Douglas drifted past with the department chairman, engrossed in conversation. He gave me a quick nod, but steered his captive toward a sofa. Business before pleasure.

1997 R. BOWEN Evans Above xxii. 232 ‘I think I should buy you a drink first.’.. ‘Business before pleasure, major,’ Evan said.


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