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a means to an end

C2 something that you do because it will ​help you to ​achieve something ​else: I didn't ​particularly like the ​job - it was just a means to an end.
(Definition of a means to an end from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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a means to an end

something you do in ​order to ​achieve something ​else: For me, going to ​college is just a means to an end, a way to get a ​betterjob.
(Definition of a means to an end from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “a means to an end”
in Chinese (Simplified) 达到目的的手段…
in Chinese (Traditional) 達到目的的手段…
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