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 Mark Walter, the controlling owner, told the team all the owners were here to win, full stop. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2022 The driver allegedly came to a full stop at the crosswalk, according to Boyle. Sofia Saric, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Apr. 2022 The hardest single thing to do is write, full stop. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 18 Mar. 2022 This is something that the Quin Snyder Jazz are usually very good at — no team in the league is as well trained at making split-second decisions than the Jazz are, full stop. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Mar. 2022 Glamour cited this as one of the best movies of 2021, full stop. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, 8 Feb. 2022 The car also reportedly failed to come to a full stop before entering an intersection where it was hit by the truck that was hauling rocks, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday. Editors, USA TODAY, 25 Mar. 2022 Like many electric vehicles, the Volvo will bring the vehicle to a full stop without touching the brake pedal, a welcome change in urban stop and go. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2022 The fastest path to getting eyeballs is with sensational content, full stop. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 13 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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9 May 2022

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“Full stop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/full%20stop. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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