loose end

noun

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 Cleaning up some loose ends, Josh has worked to regain Max’s trust, and see rewards him by reinstating him back to Level 3. Michael Schneider, Variety, 20 May 2024 On top of his community’s existential crisis, Sugar is also troubled by a loose end: an audio recording of kidnapper Ryan torturing a victim. Wesley Stenzel, EW.com, 17 May 2024 The result, which was a 97% certainty entering the lottery, cements what was technically a loose end. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 14 May 2024 The end version also provides three minutes of relief for listeners who may not have the time to address all the loose ends in their complicated lives. Tom Roland, Billboard, 3 Sep. 2019 In all fairness, Richard Gadd (very honestly) put all of the story that there was to tell on screen for us already and tied up all of the loose ends along the way. Laura Hampson, Glamour, 6 May 2024 Depp distributed that money to five different charities, and, according to the source, there are no more loose ends in litigation — everything is complete and finalized. Benjamin Vanhoose, Peoplemag, 3 May 2024 Britney Spears appears to be swiftly tying up loose ends that have tethered her to the court system for years. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2024 Their last meeting ended with Jadis pulling a gun on Gabriel to eliminate any loose ends from her past. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 24 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of loose end was in 1546

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“Loose end.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loose%20end. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

loose end

noun
1
: something left hanging loose
2
: a piece of unfinished business
tying up loose ends
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