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Mind your own business!

This page is about the idiom Mind your own business!


Meaning: If you say "Mind your own business!" to someone, you're telling them to stop interfering in things that don't concern them, or to stop asking personal questions.

For example:

  • He got sick of her asking him about his private life so he snapped, "Mind your own business!"

  • Someone asked me how much money I earn and I told him to mind his own business.

Saying "Mind your own business!" to someone can sound quite aggressive, so be careful who you say it to. A more polite thing to say if you'd prefer not to answer a personal question is "Sorry, but I'd rather not say."

Quick Quiz:

Julie told Mark to mind his own business after he'd asked her

a. how many boyfriends she'd had

b. if she'd like to see a movie

c. where the nearest bank was

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Contributor: Matt Errey