by–end

noun

Definition of by–end

  1. 1 :  a subordinate end; especially :  a selfish motive they are all for by-ends, the whole clan of them — R. L. Stevenson

  2. 2 :  fragment, snatch by-ends of old rhymes — J. B. Cabell

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