: prime cause : essential element

Examples of be-all and end-all in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For those whose work is their be-all and end-all, being let go can be earth-shattering. Byorianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 27 Jan. 2023 The signup offer, while incredibly lucrative, isn’t the be-all and end-all for DraftKings. Gary Pearson | Catena Media, al, 1 Dec. 2022 Although a loss to the Bills would drop those chances to 25 percent, the outcome of Thursday’s game is not the be-all and end-all. Nicole Yang, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Nov. 2022 Deficit reduction was the be-all and end-all of fiscal policy. Martin Sullivan, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2022 Growth is the be-all and end-all of mainstream economic and political thinking. David Marchesephoto Illustration By Bráulio Amado, New York Times, 17 July 2022 The days of the domestic American business being the be-all and end-all are long gone. Simon Thompson, Forbes, 21 June 2022 But companies should be wary of treating cyber insurance as the be-all and end-all of protection against attacks, Evans warns. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, 23 Mar. 2022 Love is framed as the be-all and end-all of human existence in books, films, TV shows and songs. Serena Smith, refinery29.com, 14 Dec. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of be-all and end-all was circa 1616

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“Be-all and end-all.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/be-all%20and%20end-all. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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