a means to an end

noun phrase

Definition of a means to an end

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: something done only to produce a desired result For her, marrying a rich man was just a means to an end. All she really cared about was money.

bring (something) to an end

idiom (1)

Definition of bring (something) to an end (Entry 2 of 3)

: to stop, finish, or complete (something) She brought the concert to an end with a piano solo.

come to an end

idiom (2)

Definition of come to an end (Entry 3 of 3)

: to reach an end The work has finally come to an end. After three weeks the strike finally came to an end. Summer always seems to come to an end much too quickly. The curtain fell as the play came to an end.

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