business end


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 Custom mammoth ivory grips encase the grip frame, while an 18K solid gold bead front sight adorns the business end of the slide. Chris Mudgett, Outdoor Life, "The Best New Handguns For 2021," 25 Jan. 2021 The actual business end of the telescope, where radio waves were sensed, was an instrument platform suspended high above it by cables strung from three towers. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Big dish of Arecibo observatory has reached the end of the line," 19 Nov. 2020 At the business end of an expansive buffet, an exhausted lump of beef perspires as if under great duress beneath a heat lamp; a man in a chef’s hat saws flaps from it until guests signal him to stop. David Roth, The New Republic, "How Don Jr. Became the Future of Trumpism," 27 Oct. 2020 My punishment for various misdeeds came at the business end of a welt-raising switch, usually wielded by Mammaw. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: ‘I owe it all to my grandparents’," 11 Oct. 2020 Like catching the business end of an aluminum baseball bat. Gregory Thomas,, "This $12,000 electric surfboard is the latest craze on Lake Tahoe," 8 Oct. 2020 The warhead is on the business end of a Trident II D-5 missile carried aboard Navy ballistic missile submarines. Robert Burns, Star Tribune, "Trump's talk of secret new weapon fits a pattern of puzzles," 11 Sep. 2020 No question Wilma Barnstable will be taking orders and keeping the business end of the party on track even then. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Meet the 92-year-old who still holds the keys to this popular Kentucky Derby Eve party," 1 Sep. 2020 The blade and plate are at the business end of any meat grinder. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Meat Grinder," 21 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of business end

1840, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of business end was in 1840

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10 Feb 2021

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“Business end.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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