Definition of business end in English:

business end

noun

the business end
informal
  • 1The functional part of a tool or device.

    ‘he found himself facing the business end of six lethal-looking weapons’
    • ‘About three hundred people turned round to stare at us, including Kim's brother Miles, who's about twelve feet tall and looks like the business end of an oil tanker.’
    • ‘The Magnum opens up to 7.75 inches in length, with over four inches of that in a pugnacious handle stylistically befitting the business end of the knife.’
    • ‘A shoe rack had been screwed to the ‘front’, on which the business end of the pipe could be rested at four different heights, changing the angle of fire.’
    • ‘Howard has asked Australia to give him the scariest gun he could imagine, and the business end is pointed at us.’
    • ‘It's also kind of nice that there's no gunplay until the final half-hour, which means that the characters have to use something other than the business end of a bullet to make their points.’
    • ‘Sometimes the vertical shaft was itself part of the business end of the machine, as in systems that ground grain between stones.’
    • ‘After a lengthy conference they were assigned temporary quarters in the business end of a badly hurt hangar.’
    • ‘It is capable of cutting up to 27.5 inches in a single cut, and handles up to 11000 lb at the business end.’
    • ‘The tall, lean man was about 50 yards away and pointing the business end of a rifle at Kevin.’
    • ‘If he had gone on walking, he would have walked straight into the business end of a blade.’
    • ‘I eyed it uneasily: the damn thing was twice the height he was, with a nasty assortment of cutting, slashing and stabbing blades at the business end.’
    • ‘The darts I shoot are regular aluminum-shaft arrows, but they have a float attached to the business end and a small cutting head threaded onto the tip.’
    • ‘However, he noticed right away the dark-haired woman holding a sword with the business end pointed at him.’
    • ‘It was about half as long as I was, and the business end of it looked to be made out of solid steel and nothing else.’
    • ‘The business end is translucent and has some light emitting diodes inside.’
    • ‘One, a former soldier and a retired manager of the local electric co-op, was at the business end of a shovel this week, burying electrical cable for the lights he bought out of his own pocket.’
    • ‘A notched thumb ramp and fully sculptured and handle scales make this knife a delight to handle and lightening holes help shift the weight to the business end, as well as lessen the load.’
    • ‘What other theme park features an Iraqi artillery piece, a helicopter and the business end of Concorde?’
    • ‘Unscrew the appropriate end cap, point the business end away from you and pull the stainless steel D-ring with your finger.’
    • ‘But is that what the American people signed up for when we gave authorization via our representatives to go spread democracy at the business end of an M - 16?’
    • ‘Robbins' character finds herself on the business end of a bizarre torture device at one point, but the actress never allows the potential cheese of the situation to creep into her performance.’
    • ‘Once he was the tweed-jacketed innocent who would gaily stuff his arm up the business end of a cow before accepting a cup of tea from a farmer's wife.’
    • ‘They met the business end of the huge bomber up front and personal.’
    1. 1.1 The essential or basic part of a process or operation.
      ‘the rigs are the business end of the oil industry’
      • ‘As the business end of the set approaches, every point is crucial.’
      • ‘He had made up ground easily enough until push came to shove at the business end and he did beat everything bar the easy winner.’
      • ‘We are very fortunate that our earlier results mean we are still at the business end, but if we want to stay up there then you have to do it from the start.’
      • ‘It's points not performances that count at the business end of the season and who knows just how important Saturday's sole harvest could prove come May 3.’
      • ‘I will have Taro handle the business end of the company from here.’
      • ‘Galliher is now into the business end of the writing process.’
      • ‘It becomes a cycle where each wheel in the spoke enables the other, and every one on the business end makes more money.’
      • ‘And I'll be involved in some of the business end of it.’
      • ‘Just keep him away from the business end and the money handling.’
      • ‘They had a difficult spell early on but it was never in doubt that they would still be about come the business end of the season.’
      • ‘Get on the business end of our going-out-of-business sale’
      • ‘Up to this point mother Mary was running the business end of fossil collecting.’
      • ‘It allows you to be isolated from the business end of it - any kind of price negotiation.’
      • ‘As happened to second sons, Walter was destined to handle the business end of the family enterprises and not encouraged to develop his intellect.’
      • ‘So Sher agreed to take over the business end of her operation.’
      • ‘Your challenge will be in learning the business end of things and understanding the emotional challenges of your relationship with your clients.’
      • ‘Joe Katzman looks at the business end of terror.’
      • ‘But from there, as the owner it's my job to take care of the administrative side of the business - to make sure that the business end is running properly.’
      • ‘They have as usual been noticeably quiet on the training track, but at this time of the year not a lot should be read into this situation as the business end of things does not come around for six months.’
      • ‘Dad said he could mind the business end of things, but he needed someone to handle the creative issues.’

Pronunciation

business end