by-end

noun

1
: a subordinate end
especially : a selfish motive
they are all for by-ends, the whole clan of them R. L. Stevenson
2
: fragment, snatch
by-ends of old rhymesJ. B. Cabell

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“By-end.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/by-end. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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