means to an end

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means to an end

The way that one achieves a specific objective, which is not an objective or ultimate goal itself. Having that unpaid internship was just a means to an end—it helped me get my foot in the door at the company, where I now work full-time!
See also: end, mean
References in classic literature ?
Concepts of good and evil are therefore, in their origin, merely a means to an end, they are expedients for acquiring power.