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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Good, because Riverdale returns for season three today (Wednesday, October 10) with a whole bunch of loose ends to tie up and a brand new mystery to reveal. Damn, can't these people get any rest? Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Here's What's Going to Happen This Season of Riverdale," 10 Oct. 2018 On Friday, Rozman said that these last few days leading up to the draft were more about tying up loose ends and being able to sit down and talk with some of the prospects. Sarah Todd, Philly.com, "Meet the basketball minds who will join Brett Brown in the Sixers' draft war room," 18 June 2018 In May, the judge awarded the cat to Bees, and loose ends in the case were finalized this week. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "Reggie the runaway cat, at the center of court custody battle, is back home in Logan Square," 28 June 2018 There are glib parallels and nagging loose ends here. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Chris the Swiss': Film Review | Cannes 2018," 22 May 2018 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

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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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obstinately defiant of authority

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