split end


Definition of split end 

1 : an offensive football end who lines up usually several yards to the side of the formation

2 : a hair tip that has become frayed (as from dryness) usually used in plural

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Plus, my split ends appeared full rather than frayed — almost as if they had been freshly snipped. Jessica Prince Erlich, The Cut, "I Found the Most Moisturizing Shampoo," 2 Feb. 2018 Schwartz, an accomplished sprinter, will likely be in the slot and either Hill and Williams could end up at flanker or split end, where Auburn has more depth. James Crepea, AL.com, "What Auburn's wide receiver corps looks like without Eli Stove, Will Hastings," 22 Mar. 2018 That just-back-from-the-salon post-haircut feeling is like no other — so fresh and so free of split ends. Wendy Sy, Allure, "8 Lob Haircuts That Look Amazing," 1 June 2018 Darius Slayton was the top deep threat, as the split end always is in Gus Malzahn's offense. James Crepea, AL.com, "Wide receiver the position of strength for Auburn's offense this spring," 22 Feb. 2018 In short: Young Hair = Healthy Texture + Current Style Nothing ages your hair faster than split ends. Redbook, "5 Ways Your Hair Can Take 10 Years Off Your Age," 15 July 2011 Both rotate seamlessly among the flanker, slot and split end positions in Minnesota’s offense, a flexibility that allows for unpredictable play calling. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs Just Need Someone to Throw Them the Damn Ball," 10 Jan. 2018 Even split ends, apparently, deserve another chance to shine. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Sympathy for the Charlie," 26 Apr. 2018 This process breaks down the disulphide bonds in your hair and leads to breakage, split ends, and dull color. refinery29.com, "Olaplex Vs Smartbond: Which Treatment Will Actually Repair Your Hair?," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of split end

1955, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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