business end

noun

Definition of business end

: the end with, from, or through which a thing's function is fulfilled the business end of a revolver

Examples of business end in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Burton: As a person of color, the biggest hurdle in the beginning is lack of access to startup capital which means most of our businesses end up being bootstrapped. Ashley Mcdonough, Essence, "Are you Ready to Start a Business?," 5 Dec. 2019 This is the business end of rocket that will boost the first of NASA’s new Orion space capsules to a trip around the Moon, probably sometime next year. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, "Jubilant NASA rolls first Space Launch System rocket out of factory," 9 Jan. 2020 One server would hoist one end of the mill on their shoulder while the other spun ‘round the business end and out came your grinds. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Get Cooking: Finishing soups," 18 Dec. 2019 He was linked with a move to Bayern Munich during the winter transfer window, and despite an increase in his playing time towards the business end of the season he was still rumoured to be eyeing offers from the Bundesliga. SI.com, "Callum Hudson-Odoi Looking to Remain at Chelsea if Frank Lampard Is Appointed Manager," 16 June 2019 But Rainbow Brite buttons, a turtleneck underneath, and a bright puffer on top remind you that this suit wants nothing to do with the business end of a greasy rag. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "How to Wear a Boiler Suit This Winter," 3 Dec. 2019 Sometimes the surprise at their fingertips is even more troubling than the business end of an angry snapper. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana noodling: Inside the Hoosier tradition of catching snapping turtles by hand," 14 July 2019 The University of Maine’s printer overcomes the problem of scale by suspending the printer’s business end—the nozzle that extrudes the ink—from a gantry. The Economist, "Giant 3D printers for making boats, bridges, buildings and rockets," 14 Nov. 2019 That’s the business end of the engine where fuels combine, ignite and channel out the bottom to produce thrust. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, "Aerojet Rocketdyne teams with NASA in Alabama on new 3D printed rocket engine," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of business end

1840, in the meaning defined above

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16 Feb 2020

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“Business end.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/business%20end. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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