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Speaker A: “You have something important to do?” I asked, hoping I wasn't prying too much.

Speaker B: “Just some small business.”

If not what's a more common reply for Speaker B?

  • This largely depends on the context. What must the B speaker imply? He might even say: "Not much really." or "Yes, I do". – SovereignSun May 22 '17 at 12:35
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    As @SovereignSun mentioned, the reply can really vary depending on the context. However, if you want to use a business idiom specifically, I would change it to something like "Just a little business". Small business almost exclusively refers to small-sized businesses and is not used in this idiomatic way. – Cantalouping May 22 '17 at 13:33
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The basic idiom is: to take care of business or to do business.

It would be more idiomatic for B to say: Just a little business to take care of.

Here: /some small business/ is not right. some small business means a business that is small, like a shop, or a person running a small business (a home-office business for example or a business that employs few people).

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