be–all and end–all

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noun \ˈbē-ˌȯl-ən(d)-ˈend-ˌȯl\

Definition of be–all and end–all

  1. 1 :  prime cause :  essential element

  2. 2 :  totality 1

Circa 1616

First Known Use of be–all and end–all

circa 1616


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