business end

noun
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:
1875–80

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business end
 
n
informal the part of a tool or weapon that does the work, as contrasted with the handle

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business end (of (sth)) definition


  1. n.
    the dangerous end of something; the part of something that does something as opposed to the part one holds on to. : Harry burned himself on the business end of a soldering iron.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
They take their violence to places where they are more likely to succeed and
  less likely to see the business end of a shotgun.
Pull the trigger and pure oxygen flows from the tank into a barrel at the
  cutter's business end.
With a grammar and words to fill it, the reader is equipped for the business
  end of the book: reference.
This, however, has a tiny balloon at its business end.
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