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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.
Origin of business end
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for business end

business end

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