loose end


Definition of loose end

1 : something left hanging loose
2 : a fragment of unfinished business usually used in plural tying up loose ends

Examples of loose end in a Sentence

We still have one more loose end to deal with before we're finished with the project.

Recent Examples on the Web

All of Joe's loose ends from season one will come back to haunt him. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "You Season 2: Here's Everything We Know So Far," 11 Jan. 2019 Tie any loose ends before moving to your new home sweet home. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Follow This Weekly Moving Checklist for a Smooth, Stress-Free Transition," 5 Dec. 2018 Secure the line using the trucker's hitch, tucking the loose ends to minimize any flapping or wind noise. Andrew Northshield, Popular Mechanics, "How to Tie a Christmas Tree to the Roof of Your Car," 2 Dec. 2018 Your information will be used as described in our Privacy Notice After two seasons in which Mike D'Antoni won the NBA coach of the year and then the most games in Rockets history, the Rockets moved to tie up the loose end in his contract. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets pick up fourth-year option on Mike D'Antoni's contract," 27 June 2018 While business lending standards are reportedly at the looser end of their range from 2005 to present, standards for residential real estate and riskier consumer lending remain tighter, the Fed said. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "U.S. Banks Eased Lending Standards to Businesses in Second Quarter," 6 Aug. 2018 The chromosome's loose ends are difficult to make copies of when a cell divides, are susceptible to damage, and could trigger the cell's response to dangerous damage to its DNA. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Gene editing crunches an organism’s genome into single, giant DNA molecule," 3 Aug. 2018 The big surprise of the Frederick E.O.Toye- directed episode wasn’t an explainer moment where loose ends met but, rather, a post-credits scene where one more unfinished piece of business was introduced. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "After that wild 'Westworld' finale, the robots aren't the only ones disoriented," 26 June 2018 One loose end is forward Thad Young, who has a $13.7 million player option. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Potential free agent options if Pacers forward Thad Young opts out," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of loose end

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of loose end

: a part of something (such as a job or story) that has not been completed

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