Definition of sorry business in English:

sorry business


mass nounAustralian
  • (in Aboriginal English) Aboriginal rituals observed during a period of mourning.

    ‘today, after three weeks of sorry business, the mourning for his little brother will come to an end’
    • ‘Sorry business is a concept which pervades a lot of Aboriginal communities, and a funeral ceremony is something that everyone attends.’
    • ‘There are particular magistrates who will not see the priority of sorry business.’
    • ‘He says "sorry business" leave is sometimes granted but the privilege "is never abused".’
    • ‘This community lost two members in a shooting, and felt that 'sorry business' had not been respected.’
    • ‘When a traditional Aboriginal person dies, sorry business may go on for a couple of weeks.’