the business end

noun

informal
: the part of a tool, weapon, or instrument that is used most directly for the object's purpose
the business end of a rifle

Examples of the business end in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the business end is a nickel-silver black hook, whose gap is wide enough for sizeable bait and catfish. Pete M. Anderson, Field & Stream, 20 Mar. 2023 Its pleasingly ergonomic design features a rounded bottom that can be comfortably cupped by the hand, and six razor blades safely concealed behind a metal grill at the business end. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 9 Mar. 2023 However, the new film struggles to mine clever new ground: A great spin on the usual signature opening – the best since Drew Barrymore met the business end of Ghostface’s blade – eventually leads to an underwhelming, familiar finale. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 8 Mar. 2023

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“The business end.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20business%20end. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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