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the sharp end

noun [S] uk   UK informal us  
the part of an activity, such as a job, where the most problems are likely to be found: A job like hers would be much too demanding for me, but she enjoys being at the sharp end.
Translations of “the sharp end”
in Chinese (Traditional) (工作等的)最難之處,問題多發處…
in Chinese (Simplified) (工作等的)最难之处,问题多发处…
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