the business end (of something)

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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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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

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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business end (of something)

n. the dangerous end of something; the part of something that does something as opposed to the part one holds on to. Harry burned himself on the business end of a soldering iron.
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