the business end

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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the business end

the part of a tool, weapon, etc. that carries out the object's particular function. informal
1936 Richmal Crompton Sweet William The business end of a geometrical compass was jabbed into Douglas's arm.
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the ˈbusiness end (of something)

(informal) the part of a tool, weapon, etc. that performs its particular function: Never pick up a knife by the business end.
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business end

verb
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The gold may not be so soft as it appears, but it certainly looks as though you could bite off the business ends of the spoons, and stop your own teeth in doing so.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
On the business end there's been a smooth transition," she says.
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.
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 .
The business end of angiostatin is folded up in pretzel-shaped "kringles," named for their resemblance to Danish sugar cookies, says Pizzo.
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.
If all this has been about some stupid football game, when Buster comes home, he's going to get the business end of my rolling pin,'' she vowed.
And on the business end, there are responsible parties, as well.
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