Meaning of “a means to an end” in the English Dictionary

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"a means to an end" in British English

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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)

"a means to an end" in American English

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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 better job.

(Definition of “a means to an end” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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