business end of

the business end (of something)

The functional part of an instrument, tool, or other object. These kids are reckless on the ice, so watch that you don't get hit with the business end of a hockey stick. My dad swung at the intruding squirrel with the business end of a broom.
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business end of something

the part or end of something that actually does the work or carries out the procedure. Keep away from the business end of the electric drill so you won't get hurt. Don't point the business end of that gun at anyone. It might go off.
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The business end of the funeral of the late Sir Dalliance the duke's son of Cornwall, killed in an encounter with the Giant of the Knotted Bludgeon last Tuesday on the borders of the Plain of Enchantment was in the hands of the ever affable and efficient Mumble, prince of un3ertakers, then whom there exists none by whom it were a more satisfying pleasure to have the last sad offices performed.
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Rodolfo Celis answered a knock at his door one night and found himself staring at the business end of a gun.
The lowest level contains the active, business end of things--a garage, recreation area, study and ski waxing room, buttressed by a muscular retaining wall.
Instead of a cantilever, the business end of the new-style AFM is a conventional tip mounted at the center of a circular membrane roughly the size of the period at the end of this sentence.
ONE OF THE incidents that kicks off the spiraling narrative wheels of ``Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital,'' a limited series premiering tonight on ABC, is semi-autobiographical: Peter Rickman (Jack Coleman), a famous artist, meets the business end of an errantly driven van.
After a few years of growth, the tangled mass, called a "witches' broom," resembles the business end of an old-fashioned broom.
But as Dan Smoot explained in The Business End of Government (1973), the industry soon found itself "crippled because of the government controls it had invited years before.
Our goal is to develop solutions that enable practice managers and individual physicians to understand and optimize the business end of their practice," said Paul Dimitruk, PortBlue's CEO.
The short box houses the business end of things, with cooking, preparation and washing facilities efficiently compacted into the tight space, in the manner of an Airstream trailer or space capsule.
Later, clutching a baseball with Commissioner Bud Selig's signature on it, he vowed to make the 10-mile trip from his Phoenix home to camp ``as much as I can'' while overseeing the business end of turning the Angels into revenue juggernauts.
The Japanese researchers "have taken the business end of the [HGF] molecule and .
While Southern California represents the lifestyle and business end of the surfing industry, the heart and soul of the sport itself still lives and breathes in Hawaii, its birthplace.
The business end of angiostatin is folded up in pretzel-shaped "kringles," named for their resemblance to Danish sugar cookies, says Pizzo.
But in reality, the business end of RFID is deep inside the enterprise.
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