loose end

noun

1
: something left hanging loose
2
: a fragment of unfinished business
usually used in plural
tying up loose ends

Example Sentences

We still have one more loose end to deal with before we're finished with the project.
Recent Examples on the Web There was just one loose end that needed to be tied up. Ryan Parker, Peoplemag, 2 Oct. 2022 So Charles was left at a loose end, struggling to draw from the diminishing pool of debutantes who satisfied the stringent royal criteria. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 8 Sep. 2022 When the net dips, players tug on the loose end of the rope to pull it back up. Luca Evans, Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2022 Manafort was the loose end in Mueller’s investigation. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, 16 Aug. 2022 Buckle the strap and lightly grab the loose end of the strap and tighten until the strap slips through your fingers. Emily Reed, Outside Online, 18 June 2018 With Murphy dead, the only loose end for Vega to tie up is Brooks. Sara Netzley, EW.com, 17 May 2022 The amendment is also viewed as the only loose end remaining in the approval of the UDC, the most wide-ranging change to Mobile’s zoning law in at least 50 years. al, 31 May 2022 The question of her identity remained a sobering loose end for the fire department for months after the disaster. Jaclyn Peiser, Washington Post, 18 May 2022 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Loose end.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loose%20end. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

loose end

noun

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