from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The part of a weapon or tool, usually at the front, that inflicts damage or performs work.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The part of a tool or other similar item, that is physically used for its operation, rather than the part which is held.


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  • "The business end of a buckshot cartridge!" cried the man with a loud laugh.


  • Those in Norfolk and Suffolk who knapped the flints were craftsmen too, chipping away until the blocky chunk was faceted at its business end to precise specifications.

    Morgan’s Run

  • The cosmonaut pushed into Dawson's glove a device vaguely resembling pliers; the business end was already closed around the line.

    I Don’t Understand ?

  • Scribner's Magazine appeared, and a little later Mr. Doubleday was delegated to take charge of the business end of it, Bok himself was placed in charge of the advertising department, with the publishing details of the two periodicals on his hands.

    A Dutch Boy Fifty Years After

  • Five minutes later Blake found himself looking down the business end of a submachine-gun with its owner saying, what he assumed to be the equivalent, in Russian, of "For you the war is over!"

    First Clash

  • His fingers clamped around Braces’s wrist to keep the business end of the trocar away from him.


  • The wooden object I had spotted was the business end of a base-ball bat, split from the handle by the force of the blows, still clotted despite the rain with the killing residue.

    The Beekeeper's Apprentice

  • “I draw what I see, sir,” she said, resisting the urge to skewer Mr. Hofstram with the business end of her paintbrush.

    Slice Of Cherry


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