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 And as with embroidery, every thread of Ellinor’s tale loops its patterned way through the fabric of the story before its loose end is neatly, unobtrusively tucked away. Ingrid D. Rowland, The New York Review of Books, 3 Aug. 2021 That final loose end was resolved Monday when the two sides announced in a joint statement that a settlement agreement was reached via mediation. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2021 Deakin, nest empty of his son, and at the loose end of a relationship, decides to swim north, through Britain’s rivers and waterways, starting in the southwestern Scilly Isles and ending on the Suffolk Coast. Leanne Shapton, Harper's Magazine, 20 July 2021 The problem is that using a human driver can be a loose end. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 12 June 2021 On top of all that, Loki is also expected to tie off the final loose end from Endgame — where did Loki go after escaping and before the TVA got to him? Chris Smith, BGR, 10 June 2021 This left Justine at a loose end, and Brett was right there to pick it up. Rachel Cusk, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021 One somewhat troubling loose end: Purdue closed the season with overtime losses to Ohio State and North Texas when it was dramatically outworked in the extra period by both teams. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 7 Apr. 2021 Much of it comes in the form of Kevin Bacon, in a solid character turn as the bad cop who left the vehicle unattended, and quickly realizes these two kids are a troublesome loose end. New York Times, 25 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of loose end

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of loose end was in 1546

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10 Aug 2021

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“Loose end.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loose%20end. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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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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