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.
"The business end of a buckshot cartridge!" cried the man with a loud laugh.
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