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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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 Johnson: The studio immediately saw the business end of it. Josh Rottenberg,, "Dwayne Johnson and Rawson Marshall Thurber on 'Skyscraper' and the state of Hollywood," 5 July 2018 The email security firm Agari found last month that 24 percent of email scams now focus on BEC, and 96 percent of businesses end up being targeted by one scam or another. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Feds Bust Dozens of Email Scammers, but Your Inbox Still Isn’t Safe," 12 June 2018 But trade groups, particularly those that represent tech companies, argue the move will backfire, with U.S. businesses ending up collateral damage. Jay Greene, WSJ, "Cree Girds for LED Tariffs It Says Will Sting," 4 July 2018 Stuck in the bottom three, the home side started the game one point behind 17th placed SPAL as the business end of the season looms, and a free swing at the Old Lady posed a great opportunity to move up the table., "Crotone 1-1 Juventus: Magical Equaliser Hinders Juventus' Title Bid as Napoli Beat Udinese," 18 Apr. 2018 The Bundt pan roast chicken: A vast improvement on the once-ubiquitous beer can chicken, this roasting technique maximizes crispy, delicious skin by inserting the middle cone into the business end of the bird keeping it upright. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "6 ways to use a Bundt pan you probably haven’t tried," 20 June 2018

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1840, in the meaning defined above

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