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the sharp end

The most challenging or difficult part of an activity. This repair is pretty simple until we get to the sharp end—replacing the battery. The sharp end of this merger will be negotiating the payouts to the executives.
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the sharp end

mainly BRITISH
COMMON The sharp end of an activity or type of work is the part where the most difficulties or the hardest work are experienced. Crime prevention is now the sharp end of policing. Still only 28, Smith has been at the sharp end of activism for almost a decade. Note: In sailors' slang, the bow or front end of a ship is known as `the sharp end'.
See also: end, sharp

the sharp end

1 the most important or influential part of an activity or process. 2 the side of a system or activity which is the most unpleasant or suffers the chief impact. 3 the bow of a ship. British humorous
See also: end, sharp

the ˈsharp end (of something)

(British English, informal) the job or activity of greatest difficulty or responsibility: He started work at the sharp end of business, as a salesman.As head of the school, I’m at the sharp end if there are complaints.
See also: end, sharp
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I hope, if there are cuts in staff, that cuts at the sharp end are kept to a minimum.
No one is in any sort of doubt about the depth of the financial crisis but whatever the course is to resolve our problems, it should not be those at the sharp end who suffer.
Mai Davies, the highly respected presenter of current affairs series Wales This Week and political programme Sharp End, will leave ITV Wales in three weeks' time.
The badge--like the Sacrifice Medal of which little has recently been heard--provoked a great deal of controversy as veterans who had served at the sharp end before the Afghan deployment would have been ineligible.
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8 : the usually sharp end (as of a sword, pin, or pencil)
Here in Wales we've had Waterfront, which last year became The Sharp End, a kind of Tesco Value version of the BBC's Dragon's Eye watched by 60 people.
Worm the sharp end of the Heavy Duty Wall Hanger through the drywall into a stud space and twist the hook upright and against the drywall surface.
From what we understand, ever since a major system failure in the early days at AOL in the 1980s, the Dulles, Virginia-based ISP has been almost exclusively a Tandem Computers shop at the sharp end of its operations.
The chapter on `Women in Combat in the Red Army' makes heroic if chilling reading especially as there are more quotations from serving women than in many of the other chapters where the content is often more academic than the reality at the sharp end which is, after all, what the conference was about.