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.

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Chip Brantley and Andrew Beck Grace, both journalists from Alabama, spent three years visiting Selma, trying to tie up the loose ends of the murder that took place there more than a half-century ago. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al, "JoAnne Bland brings history to life in Selma," 13 Aug. 2019 The groups then met for another forty-five minutes of summarizing, venting, or tying up loose ends, and participants filled out the survey again. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "What Happens When a Group of Strangers Spends a Day Debating Immigration?," 23 July 2019 Direct communication can quickly end a relationship without leaving loose ends. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Caspering Is a New Dating Trend That's Actually Worse Than Ghosting," 17 July 2019 Batten down your hatches and take care of any loose ends before December and January roll around. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope July 15, 2019: Taurus, focus on inner beauty; Leo, dream big and bold," 15 July 2019 But Dyer says there's still loose ends between Steve and Nancy. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Here's What Stranger Things Cast Members Predict for Their Characters in Season 4," 6 July 2019 One new supplier will be announced in a couple of weeks after loose ends are tied up, Small told AL.com. Lily Jackson | Ljackson@al.com, al.com, "Council member: New aerospace supplier coming to Mobile," 19 June 2019 The third act ties up a lot of loose ends in a satisfying way, then goes on to add several more unnecessary and increasingly sugary endings involving a ghost, a Buddhist monk and a maple leaf. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Beautiful Voyage': Film Review | Shanghai 2019," 16 June 2019 With just a handful of episodes to go before the series finale of Jane the Virgin, there are a lot of loose ends to tie up. Jean Bentley, refinery29.com, "Jane The Virgin," 6 June 2019

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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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