business end
noun Date: 1878 the end with, from, or through which a thing's function is fulfilled <
the business end of a revolver
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • business end — n. Informal the end or part of a tool, weapon, etc. most directly involved in carrying out the device s function …   English World dictionary

  • business end — noun : the end at, from, or through which a thing s function is fulfilled the business end of the broom * * * noun the business end informal : the part of a tool, weapon, or instrument that is used most directly for the object s purpose the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • business end — N SING: usu N of n The business end of a tool or weapon is the end of it which does the work or causes damage rather than the end that you hold. [INFORMAL] ...the business end of a vacuum cleaner …   English dictionary

  • business end — the front part or end of a tool, weapon, etc., with which the work is done or from which a missile is ejected, as opposed to the handle or butt: the business end of a revolver; the business end of a screwdriver. [1875 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • business end — noun the business end (of sth) informal the end of a tool or weapon that does the work or causes the damage: the business end of a gun …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • business end —  The end or part which is the effectively operating one.    ♣ He sat down on the business end of a drawing pin …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • business end — noun The part of a tool or other similar item, that is physically used for its operation, rather than the part which is held. The business end of a hammer is known as the head …   Wiktionary

  • Business end — dangerous part of something: the business end of a snake …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • business end — Australian Slang dangerous part of something: the business end of a snake …   English dialects glossary

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