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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

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The drafted legislation released last Friday recognizes and differentiates business end users from large financial institutions.
On the business end there's been a smooth transition," she says.
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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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With a fullback's build and a coiffure like the business end of a scrub brush, Tung accepted his new role in a brief, feisty encounter with reporters just moments after being confirmed as chief executive.
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.
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