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

This season, velvet ribbons in mustard yellow and deep red served as headbands, with loose ends trailing down the collection’s flowing, flowery frocks. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "The 8 Beauty Trends That Stole the Show on the Resort 2019 Runways," 14 June 2018 The final scenes of the show wrap up the loose ends: Jude tells his parents about his grades, and Cory goes home to his mother. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "The Fosters Moves Out: Saying Goodbye To TV's Most Temperate Family Drama," 7 June 2018 This new book allows McCain to tie up some loose ends. Dana Bash, CNN, "Speechwriter helps John McCain say his piece in 'Restless Wave'," 21 May 2018 Like many a detective story, this one has some loose ends. Kim Severson, New York Times, "Finding a Lost Strain of Rice, and Clues to Slave Cooking," 13 Feb. 2018 Ever since the Democratic primary ballot was set last month for Florida's 27th congressional district, the 60-year-old state lawmaker has been sifting through the details of his opponents' records and pulling at loose ends. David Smiley And Alex Daugherty, miamiherald, "A Miami Democrat bets on attacking a party matriarch in 'the year of the woman'," 6 June 2018 After graduating in the mid-1950s from Columbia University with a degree in English literature, Peter Mayer was at loose ends. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Peter Mayer Revived Penguin Books by Giving Readers What They Wanted," 25 May 2018 So here are all the loose ends that need to be tied up in season 3 of 13RW. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "7 Plot Holes From 13 Reasons Why Season 2 That Will Leave You SHOOK," 22 May 2018 There are quite a few loose ends, and a lot of it doesn't add up. Michael Heaton, cleveland.com, "'Tully' is a mixed-up movie about a mom (review)," 4 May 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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