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

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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. SI.com, "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, latimes.com, "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. SI.com, "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 Making comics is not easy (writes a guy who has never made one), and the business end can be unkind. Will Nevin, OregonLive.com, "TBT #34: Retired Robocop, Cold War vets and more coming in comics," 11 Apr. 2018 With 23 Premier League goals and 10 assists already to his name, Salah is comfortably favorite to claim a host of end of season awards even before the season reaches the business end of proceedings. SI.com, "Liverpool Aims to Fortify Top-Four Standing vs. Relegation-Threatened Newcastle," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of business end

1840, in the meaning defined above

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