pointy end

the pointy end

1. humorous slang The front of a boat, used especially in reference to cruise ships. There's a full gym up near the pointy end, if you're feeling a little sluggish during the cruise. Let's go up to the pointy end and see if we can spot the whales breaching!
2. humorous slang The tip of a blade, especially a sword. When he first started fencing, he barely even knew where the pointy end went—now he's one of the top fencers in the country.
See also: end, pointy

pointy end

n. [of a ship] the bow. (Jocular term heard on cruise ships.) The dining room is up at the pointy end.
See also: end, pointy
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"At the moment we're using a lot of these games to keep people as fresh as possible, particularly leading into the pointy end of the tournament.
"At the moment we're using a lot of these games to keep people as fresh as possible leading into the pointy end of the tournament.
Butler said: "We are on the pointy end of the season, we have done all the hard work and put ourselves into a really good position, where we want to be.
Sport is such a hyper-masculine environment, particularly at the pointy end, that its blokey nature can deter females seeking senior coaching, board and administrative roles.
"We're starting to get down to the pointy end of the season where things become more difficult if you don't win over the next couple of weeks, but there are eight games left and they're all big," he said.
He said: "We're starting to get down to the pointy end of the season where things become more difficult if you don't win over the next two weeks - there are eight games left and they're all big.
Whilst not at the pointy end of this year's championship, the pair will apply pressure to the seven riders in pursuit of a championship podium placing.
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Just place the eggs in their boxes on the floor, making sure all the eggs are upright with the pointy end uppermost.
"If you're right out at the pointy end of the spear, you might not want chips made in China being the foundation of your communications gear," said Richard W Linderman, deputy director for research and engineering in the office of the assistant secretary of defense.
"There's no question that Croft flatters rear-wheel drive cars, but I think you should see us back at the pointy end a bit more often."
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When he teased his sister Arya: "First lesson: stick 'em with the pointy end."
Cloves should be planted just beneath the soil, with the pointy end sticking upwards to the sky.