business-end

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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