a means to an end

a means to an end

something done to achieve something else You may get tired of regular physical exercise, but it's simply a means to an end.
See also: end, mean

a means to an end

something that you are not interested in but that you do because it will help you to achieve something else (not used with the ) Mike doesn't have any professional ambitions. For him, work is just a means to an end.
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.