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 There’s no transparency in the influencer industry, full stop. Amy Shoenthal, Forbes, "A Journalist’s Deep Dive Into The Billion Dollar Industry That’s Being Largely Ignored," 20 Apr. 2021 Perhaps the golden rule is to always come to a full stop at all stop signs. Lance Eliot, Forbes, "Self-Driving Cars Grappling With Human Drivers That Blow Through Stop Signs," 7 Apr. 2021 What has been remarkable about these films is Robert has done it full stop. David Browne, Rolling Stone, "Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox on Their Viral Quarantine Videos: ‘We’re in This With You’," 24 Mar. 2021 Really, these two aren't afraid of public declarations of affection, full stop. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Hailey and Justin Bieber Got the Prettiest, Tiny Matching Tattoos," 30 Mar. 2021 A year into the pandemic that drew the sports world to a full stop in March of 2020, the effects of the lockdown are still being felt, and athletics may never be the same. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Coronavirus updates from the Bay Area: March 11-17, 2021," 20 Mar. 2021 Thursday's match also saw Mohamed Salah, Liverpool's top scorer so far this season, substituted shortly after the hour mark, prompting his agent Ramy Abbas Issa to post a cryptic tweet of a single full stop. George Ramsay, CNN, "Liverpool slumps to fifth straight home defeat as Jurgen Klopp defends 'rare' Mohamed Salah substitution," 5 Mar. 2021 For most people in the Bay Area, leisurely vacations came to a full stop during the pandemic. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Miami. Las Vegas. Hawaii. Californians are itching to travel there this summer, but what about COVID?," 12 Mar. 2021 Maybe their long-term future is to have fewer employees full stop. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Woke Capitalism — The Next Generation," 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of full stop

1643, in the meaning defined above

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27 Apr 2021

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“Full stop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/full%20stop. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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