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business end

noun
1.
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.
Origin of business end
1875-1880
1875-80
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  • The business end of some propositions is like the hinder end of a wasp, isn't it?

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  • Something seemed to tell him who was at the business end of that knocker.

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  • There was a quick flash, and Ben was staring into the business end of a Luger automatic, gripped tightly in the broker's hand.

    The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt
  • I advanced slowly, trying to discern which was the business end.

  • It is pretty good practice to keep away from the business end of a loaded gun.

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British Dictionary definitions for business end

business end

noun
1.
(informal) the part of a tool or weapon that does the work, as contrasted with the handle
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