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English definition of “a means to an end”

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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.
Translations of “a means to an end”
in Chinese (Traditional) 達到目的的手段…
in Chinese (Simplified) 达到目的的手段…
(Definition of a means to an end from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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