the business end

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the business end

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

Word by Word Definitions

business play
  1. : a usually commercial or mercantile activity engaged in as a means of livelihood : trade, line

  2. : a commercial or sometimes an industrial enterprise

  3. : dealings or transactions especially of an economic nature : patronage

end play
  1. : the part of an area that lies at the boundary

  2. : a point that marks the extent of something

  3. : the point where something ceases to exist

  1. : to bring to an end

  2. : destroy

  3. : to make up the end of

  1. : final, ultimate

  1. : to put (grain or hay) into a barn or stack

  1. : within : inside — compare ect-, exo-

  2. : taking in


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