loose end


Definition of loose end

1 : something left hanging loose
2 : a fragment of unfinished business usually used in pluraltying 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 With the loose end, create another loop as close to the tree trunk as possible and knot. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "How to Safely Hang a Hammock Between Trees," 22 July 2020 The settlement wraps up the final loose end in the shooting of Arce. Bree Burkitt, The Arizona Republic, "Tempe approves $2 million settlement for family of 14-year-old killed by police," 25 June 2020 And the leather straps have a bright blue synthetic silicone loop, bearing the brand’s name logo, that secures the loose end of the strap. Melanie Abrams, New York Times, "In Denmark, Young Watch Brands Focus on Design," 30 Apr. 2020 Hopefully her return will also tie up any loose ends for Buck, as he's been struggling to figure out his life without her. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Watch Connie Britton return to 9-1-1 in season 3 finale trailer," 28 Apr. 2020 The Moon wanes all day in passionate Scorpio, encouraging us to focus on tying up loose ends and creating a stronger foundation for ourselves. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your 2020 Valentine’s Day Horoscope," 14 Feb. 2020 Take care of loose ends and unresolved conflicts before June, when you may be forced to toe the line or shoulder extra responsibilities. oregonlive, "Horoscope for April 20, 2020: Taurus, focus on the serious stuff; Libra, wait on important decisions," 20 Apr. 2020 The group quickly tied down loose ends and continued their mission. John Kuntz, cleveland, "More than 4,000 people in need preregister for Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s April 9 food distribution," 9 Apr. 2020 Photographer: Patrick Doyle Canada’s lawmakers are working to tie up loose ends in Ottawa after suspending the House of Commons on Friday, the latest step in the country’s efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus. Kait Bolongaro, Bloomberg.com, "Canada Suspends Parliament After Moving to Ratify New Nafta," 19 Mar. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'loose end.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of loose end

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about loose end

Time Traveler for loose end

Time Traveler

The first known use of loose end was in 1546

See more words from the same year

Statistics for loose end

Last Updated

9 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Loose end.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loose%20end. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for loose end

loose end


English Language Learners Definition of loose end

: a part of something (such as a job or story) that has not been completed

Comments on loose end

What made you want to look up loose end? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!