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

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Every year the pool gets smaller, even on the business end. Nick Williams, Billboard, "Indie Pop Artist Pronoun Shares Her Summer of Pride Playlist & Talks Inclusion, Self-Acceptance in the Biz: 'It's So Not Black & White To Me'," 12 June 2019 The Cardinals are on a mission after taking the business end of the worst ump show of the regional round. Eric Single,, "Super Regionals Preview: Who's Destined for the College World Series?," 5 June 2019 So simple, so smart—par for Stihl: A series of interlocking, hard-plastic tubes that affix to the business end of a handheld or backpack leaf blower. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Tools for Making Gutter Cleaning a Less Loathsome Chore," 8 Nov. 2018 The circumstances may be fictional, but Hunter Killer leans heavily on the reality of warfare, both deep beneath the sea and at the business end of a Navy SEAL’s FN Scar assault rifle. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "What 'Hunter Killer' Gets Right About Submarine Warfare," 7 Nov. 2018 When families spend less, businesses end up with less revenue, which means smaller Christmas bonuses, fewer productive investments, and a downward spiral of reduced spending and shrinking GDP. Evan Horowitz,, "With financial crisis a distant memory, Americans load up on debt again," 20 Mar. 2018 There are those on the smaller business end of the fragrance industry who think Philyra can actually benefit perfumers. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Is AI the future of perfume? IBM is betting on it.," 24 Oct. 2018 On the other hand, Liverpool are somewhat down to the bare bones of the squad in the business end of the season., "Chelsea vs Liverpool Preview: Form Guide, Previous Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & Prediction," 5 May 2018 And with England now well immersed into the business end of this summer’s World Cup, altering a winning outfit could come back to haunt Southgate., "90min World Cup Fan Diaries: How a Subtle Change Could Turn England From Dreamers to Conquerors," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of business end

1840, in the meaning defined above

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