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  1. busi·ness end
    IPA[ˈbɪznɪs ˈˌɛnd]
  2. noun

    • 1. the functional part of a tool, device, or weapon:

      he found himself facing the business end of six lethal-looking weapons
    • 2. the essential or basic part of a process or operation:

      the rigs are the business end of the oil industry
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: business end