verb (used with object)
- to rub or treat with beeswax.
- a yellowish or dark brown wax secreted by honeybees for constructing honeycombs
- this wax after refining, purifying, etc, used in polishes, ointments, and for modelling
- (tr) to polish with such wax
1670s, from genitive of bee + wax. As a jocular alteration of business (usually in an injunction to someone to mind his own) attested from 1934 in Lower East Side slang as reproduced in Henry Roth’s “Call It Sleep.”