a means to an end

noun phrase

Definition of a means to an end

: something done only to produce a desired result Computers have always been a means to an end for [George] Lucas: telling stories.— David A. Kaplan

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“A means to an end.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20means%20to%20an%20end. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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