Meaning of “business end” in the English Dictionary

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"business end" in British English

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business endnoun [ S ]

uk /ˈbɪz.nɪs ˌend/ us /ˈbɪz.nɪs ˌend/ informal

Examples from literature

  • John Brown reversed the net, and, lying flat on the wharf, gingerly thrust the business end of the contrivance through the opening and into the dark, weed-streaked water. 
  • Mr. Barry came back with Anne, carrying a coil of rope to which was attached a claw-like instrument that had been the business end of a grubbing fork. 
  • Senator, may I trouble you to depress the business end of that syphon? 
  • Something seemed to tell him who was at the business end of that knocker. 
  • The business end of the lash once brushed the boy's cheek. 

(Definition of “business end” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)