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 It’s no fun being an angler caught on the business end of a fishing hook. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 4 June 2022 More than just their ability, knowing one of these guys is lurking at the business end of a Grand Slam final has been a psychological hurdle for a few generations of men's tennis players. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 6 Sep. 2022 Just hold the business end steady and keep your movements as smooth as possible for the best trim. Derek Carwood, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Aug. 2022 Like mother, like daughter — Mel quickly introduced them to the business end of a toilet brush., 22 July 2022 That hunk of steel held the business end of a device Best and others use to measure the flow of the Yukon River at Eagle, a town of about 110 people just downstream of the Canada border. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 21 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of business end was in 1840

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Cite this Entry

“Business end.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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