beeswax

/ˈbizwæks/ (say 'beezwaks)

noun
1. the wax secreted by bees, of which they construct their honeycomb; wax.
verb (t)
2. to rub, polish, or treat with beeswax.
phrase Colloquial (humorous)
3. be none of someone's beeswax, to not involve someone and therefore be of no concern to them. {Phrase Origin: with beeswax a humorous alternative to business}
4. mind one's own beeswax, (often imperative) to stay out of someone else's concerns.
Also, bees'-wax.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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