full stop


Definition of full stop

chiefly British
: a point . used to show the end of a sentence or an abbreviation : period sense 5a … the full stop after the roman numeral …— Eric Korn He found that a full stop expressed his feelings too violently, and wrote the letter again, for the fifth time …— Anthony Trollope … ordered the initials 'F. C. W. K.,' with the customary untrained grape-vine-looking flourishes, and a large full stop, to be engraved forthwith.— Charles Dickens used interjectionally to emphasize the finality of the preceding statement… when it comes to parenting she's the boss, full stop.— Pamela Druckerman

Examples of full stop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web News about fatalities from COVID-19 and cities that remain in lockdown and recovery mode following the international pandemic vastly outweighs anything else happening in the world right now, full stop. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Nothing But Netflix: Your Ultimate March Madness Streaming Bracket Is Here," 19 Mar. 2020 In an essay for The New Yorker, Joshua Rothman once argued that King is less a horror writer than a genre writer, full stop. Ruth Franklin, New York Times, "Can’t Sleep? Let Stephen King Keep You Company," 19 Apr. 2020 The Ax Mergerer This person absolutely murders the merge onto the highway by either coming to a full stop as traffic speeds by, or catapulting their Impala into the travel lane without even glancing in the mirror. 8. BostonGlobe.com, "The 14 worst people on the Mass Pike, ranked - The Boston Globe," 25 Nov. 2019 The driver gets the all-powerful veto on music, full stop. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Travelogue Podcast: Things You Should Never, Ever Do on a Road Trip," 3 Nov. 2018 Inside is the most delicious-tasting substance natural to this earth, full stop. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appétit, "No Prepackaged Coconut Water Could Satisfy Me...Until I Found This," 18 Nov. 2019 One of the most fun footballers to watch, full stop. SI.com, "Dani Alves: The Maverick Who's Just Too Good to Be Copied," 2 Oct. 2019 But the balance of evidence suggests that segregation, full stop, really is harmful to black students. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Democratic candidates’ school integration plans, explained," 3 July 2019 Cars with the stick get dynamic radar cruise control that goes down to 15 mph and doesn’t include the capability of braking to a full stop on its own. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "2019 Toyota Corolla five-door brings latest safety tech to the masses," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of full stop

1643, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of full stop was in 1643

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28 May 2020

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“Full stop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/full%20stop. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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