Definition of the sharp end in English:

the sharp end

phrase

informal
  • 1The most important or influential part of an activity or process.

    ‘he was born at the sharp end of history’
    • ‘That's why it is so important that the people on the sharp end of these structural changes are given the opportunity to get their message through - loud and clear.’
    • ‘Unlike any university-based course, the WPI programme exposed us to the sharp end of power, wealth, and social and political influences.’
    1. 1.1 The most risky or unpleasant part of a system or activity.
      ‘businessmen are at the sharp end of the recession’
      • ‘‘All local prisons are at the sharp end of overcrowding,’ the report points out.’
      • ‘But we cannot, in the process, join in the attacks on those very people who are at the sharp end of racist attacks.’
      • ‘State social work is at the sharp end of the welfare state.’
      • ‘‘The guys on the street are at the sharp end of things,’ he says.’
      • ‘He was spot on when he said ‘Rough sleepers are at the sharp end of social exclusion.’’
      • ‘What the Executive now needs is to start developing the skills which would allow it to understand how demanding life is at the sharp end of public service delivery for teachers, doctors, police officers and others.’
      • ‘One of the ugliest aspects of the risk aversion culture is the way we name and blame the beleaguered professionals who are at the sharp end of our failed policies.’
      • ‘The fundamental reason is that they are at the sharp end of the social effects of unemployment, job insecurity and low pay.’
  • 2British humorous The bow of a ship.