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Victorian Slang of the Week

Volume 1, A-G, J.E.Lighter Editor

Volume 1, A-G, J.E.Lighter Editor

business end–the effective end of a tool or weapon.  1878.   This is essentially American.  The reference is to a tack, but I expect the way we use it today–as in the business end of a gun or a knife–was used as well.

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