Definition of end in English:



  • 1A final part of something, especially a period of time, an activity, or a story.

    ‘the end of the year’
    ‘Mario led the race from beginning to end’
    • ‘You go out to a night club all happy and then the fights at the end of the night ruin it all.’
    • ‘Another financial goal is to have the redecoration of our house completed by the end of March.’
    • ‘"Last year marked the tail end of a bad downturn in the electronics business, " he says.’
    • ‘Both Governments are working towards brokering a deal before the end of next week.’
    • ‘We made a list and set a goal of playing at least one club on the list by summer's end.’
    • ‘On stepping on the scales just before the end of the week she exclaimed to me in terror that she had in fact gained weight.’
    • ‘At the end of our journey, back in Zheleznitsa, we lay down by the side of the river and even had a quick dip in it.’
    • ‘The first stage will be completed by the end of March.’
    • ‘On the evidence of this performance both sides will be in the running for honours at the end of the season.’
    • ‘At the end of this hellish journey, Japan Rail made my father pay for two more tickets.’
    • ‘All have time-sensitive deadlines that mark the end of August.’
    • ‘Many say the two new injections could be made available to the public by end of the year.’
    • ‘There was a mighty battle in the middle of the park and at the end of it the honours were shared.’
    • ‘Like him or not, we're seeing the tail end of a key era in Canadian politics pass.’
    • ‘Much beer was consumed, of course, and I had a bit of a nightmare journey home at the end of the night.’
    • ‘The Kildare fire services hopes it will have contacted most guest houses by the end of this year.’
    • ‘At the end of the journey he wished to express his appreciation for the favour by treating me to a drink in a bar.’
    • ‘Final financial approval is expected by the end of June.’
    • ‘We got the early goal, scored right at the end of the first half and got another within seconds of them getting their goal.’
    • ‘We we nearing the end of June and the trip was less than two weeks away.’
    • ‘The major pipe work is expected to be completed by the end of March 2005.’
    • ‘By the end of the session they're breathing out big, solid clouds into the chill air.’
    conclusion, termination, ending, finish, close, resolution, climax, finale, culmination, denouement
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    1. 1.1A termination of a state or situation.
      ‘the party called for an end to violence’
      ‘one notice will be effective to bring the tenancy to an end’
      • ‘His initial one month deal came to an end at the weekend but the Conference side were keen to keep him there for longer.’
      • ‘Ward councillors have reacted with dismay, saying it will mean the end of historical links.’
      • ‘The only way to dismantle the " terrorist infrastructure " would be to put an end to the occupation.’
      • ‘Some suggested its closure signalled the end of the upmarket steakhouse era.’
      • ‘For the best part of a century, that clanging sound signalled the abrupt end of an English night out.’
      • ‘The last few weeks have seen the end of a link between Hull and the university that has been part of city life for many years.’
      • ‘If Labour wins its expected second landslide it will mark the end of a century of Conservative hegemony.’
      • ‘Grappling with insurgency appears to be the daily assignment with no end in sight.’
    2. 1.2Used to emphasize that something, typically a subject of discussion, is considered finished.
      ‘you will go to church and there's an end of it’
      • ‘Her mother said: "OK, that's the end of it."’
      • ‘Mr Monks added: "That was the end of it, there was no awkwardness."’
      • ‘As far as we are concerned that is the end of it.’
      • ‘" You would no longer be any daughter of mine and there's an end of it!’
      • ‘She accepted that she might be mistaken about this point - so that is an end of it.’
      • ‘Mistakenly, I think that's the end of it.’
    3. 1.3A person's death.
      ‘I saw him in hospital a few days before the end’
      • ‘It was hardly the most glorious end for a man who had cheated death so many times in so many of the world's wilder places.’
      death, dying, demise, passing, passing on, passing away, expiration, expiry
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    4. 1.4archaic (in biblical use) an ultimate state or condition.
      ‘the end of that man is peace’
  • 2The furthest or most extreme part of something.

    ‘the church at the end of the road’
    [as modifier] before noun ‘the end house’
    • ‘As he does, we see a door at the far end of the hallway slightly open.’
    • ‘At one end of the line, was a man with a large soupspoon dishing out a brown meaty stew.’
    • ‘Bend one end of each ribbon and seal edge only with fabric glue to form the rod pocket.’
    • ‘Place the nail or paper clip at one end of the coil and then connect the coil to the battery.’
    • ‘None of them knew which end of the club to hold five years ago, and all of them can now play well.’
    • ‘Take your nail and place it so that the pointed end rests against the top of the block of wood.’
    • ‘Laura sat curled up at one end of her bed, a book in hand and a notebook in the other.’
    • ‘The dog should be put on a leash and the owner and the dog should stand at one end of a hallway or a room.’
    • ‘Where once it took three hours to get from one end of the island to the other, it now takes one.’
    • ‘In some cases, gable end cladding can be replaced with space sheeting.’
    • ‘She grabbed one of the ropes and tied one end to a four by four that was supporting the roof.’
    • ‘They live in a stark, unpainted, concrete house at the end of a five-mile dirt road.’
    • ‘On the floor just below the north tower there was a balcony with statues on each end of it.’
    • ‘She did a few laps, and then at one end of the pool, stopped to take a breather and relax.’
    • ‘I couldn't even see the far end of the tunnel.’
    • ‘It seemed to me as if the sky split open from one end to the other to rain down fire.’
    • ‘This one sounded tired, as if the owner had just run from one end of the world to the other.’
    • ‘They have put signs up at each end stating there have been eighteen deaths in two years.’
    • ‘Alternatively, you can telephone the phone numbers given at the end of this piece.’
    • ‘The cashier will also be moved to the opposite end of the service area to improve customer flow.’
    • ‘A door opened and slammed shut again at the far end of the hallway.’
    • ‘The precast-concrete panels were attached to the steel ribs at the quarter points of the panels, with the top and bottom ends left unsupported.’
    • ‘The door of the house at the end of the street is open and anyone is welcome in.’
    • ‘The axle of the truck is a rod the goes from one end of the hangar to the other and sticks out on both sides.’
    • ‘They could travel from one end of the city to the other and never see the light of day.’
    • ‘He drew up a chair at one end of the table, motioning for me to do the same as he took a sip from his cup of coffee.’
    extremity, furthermost part, limit, margin, edge, border, boundary, periphery
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    1. 2.1British A small piece that is left after use.
      ‘an ashtray full of cigarette ends’
      • ‘For example 9 billion cigarette ends get dropped around Australia every year.’
      • ‘Some hang on to so-called stub ends, a few shares held for old time's sake, even though they decided to sell out of a position.’
      butt, stub, stump, remnant, fragment, vestige
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    2. 2.2A specified extreme of a scale.
      ‘homebuyers at the lower end of the market’
      • ‘Would it not have been better to invest that money in raising the level of grants at the lower end of the scale?’
      • ‘Today, the companies are vastly different operations and producing returns at opposite ends of the scale for their owners.’
      • ‘The majority of offences committed by juveniles are not at the serious end of the scale.’
      • ‘But the hottest souvenir buy this year comes from the other end of the fashion scale.’
      • ‘It is not just at the larger end of the deal spectrum where firms appear to be struggling to find good deals.’
      • ‘Folks at the upper end of the scale also pay the vast bulk of income taxes in the country.’
      • ‘The market has changed from having a top end, a middle market and a lower end.’
      • ‘A structural shift in the nature of the public markets means that opportunities for venture capitalists that weren't there previously are now arising at both ends of the deal spectrum.’
      • ‘This poverty coexists with obscene wealth at the other end of the social scale.’
      • ‘So how does the low end of the performance scale do here?’
      • ‘Coffee house patrons from all ends of the political spectrum rebelled and eleven days later the coffee houses were reopened and their numbers continued to increase.’
      • ‘It has gambled on ventures elsewhere in the world to get a bigger share of the luxury end of the market.’
      • ‘And its not just those at the lower end of the economic scale who are feeling the pinch.’
      • ‘However, at the other end of the scale the worst site was at Ballybeg which had been a problem for a long time.’
      • ‘At the other end of the scale of size, at the atomic and subatomic level, another great mystery resides.’
      • ‘People from what would be considered opposite ends of the social spectrum mingle openly.’
      • ‘During a space mission, astronauts and their spacecraft are exposed to temperature extremes on both ends of the scale.’
      • ‘These two devices mark the bottom and top ends of the mid-market respectively, Quantum said.’
      • ‘The table gives the official minima for combinations at opposite ends of the spectrum.’
      • ‘Only those at opposite ends of the social scale joined up.’
      • ‘At the opposite end of the scale, Charlton went all season without earning a single spot-kick.’
      • ‘All of us work along a spectrum with emotions at one end and the intellect at the other.’
      • ‘At extreme ends of the scale, the choice as to what you can grow is limited to plants that are suitable to either acid or lime.’
      • ‘Visitors will have the chance to eavesdrop on preparations for two weddings involving women at opposite ends of the social scale.’
      aspect, side, section, area, field, part, share, portion, segment, province
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    3. 2.3Either of two places linked by a telephone call, letter, or journey.
      ‘‘Hello,’ said a voice at the other end’
      • ‘Despite demonstrating I attempted to purchase a ticket at both ends of my journey and enclosing a copy of a travelcard I bought, my appeal was rejected.’
      • ‘These chocolate soldiers of the air breeze past their human cargo apparently determined to avoid eye contact at both ends of the journey.’
      • ‘Sometimes I would buy a ticket from the machine at the other end of my journey, then rip it up and put it in the bin.’
      • ‘He recommends that the southern end of the link should go ahead in the short-term.’
      • ‘At the end of the journey, I feel as if I've reached a sort of Velocipede's nirvana.’
      • ‘Fantastic routes do go down other sides of the mountain though, with their ends linked to free bus connections heading back to the lifts, hotels or bars.’
      • ‘When I got out of the tube at the other end of my journey, his voicemail was waiting for me.’
    4. 2.4Either of the halves of a sports field or court defended by one team or player.
      ‘when they changed ends, the goals kept coming’
      • ‘Warrick works hard at both ends and is a team player.’
      • ‘One rule in tennis is that every other game you switch ends of the court with your opponent.’
      • ‘He has become timid at both ends of the court, and his playing time has been cut.’
      • ‘Ham consistently plays team basketball on both ends of the court-a concept his teammates don't embrace.’
      • ‘He demands that his players play both ends of the court.’
      • ‘Saunders always has used a team approach on both ends of the court.’
      • ‘Martin plays well on both ends of the court, unlike those one-dimensional players.’
      • ‘Both players were trying to dominate with fast, attacking shots and they shared the next two ends to take it to a deciding set.’
      • ‘A tireless, relentless player at both ends of the court, he is always in the middle of the action and seems to have a knack for coming up with the ball.’
      • ‘Although he still is overpowered at times, Miles has been very effective at both ends of the court playing closer to the basket.’
      • ‘Goalless at the end of normal time, the teams changed ends for extra-time.’
      • ‘The team needs consistency on both ends of the court.’
      • ‘Wallace led the onslaught with his sparkling play and boundless energy on both ends of the court.’
  • 3A part or person's share of an activity.

    ‘you're going to honour your end of the deal’
    • ‘If she isn't holding up her end of the deal than she should get a job and bring in some income.’
    • ‘It probably is a cautionary tale for the rest of us who are in this end of the business.’
  • 4A goal or desired result.

    ‘each would use the other to further his own ends’
    ‘to this end, schools were set up for peasant women’
    • ‘To this end I believe that the County Board must act now before an incident like this ends tragically.’
    • ‘This view fuelled an increasingly ruthless pursuit of methods by which to harness nature for purely utilitarian ends, motivated by desire for control, power and wealth.’
    • ‘Surely the administration would not resort to blackmailing us into allowing the use of the airport to further their own ends?’
    • ‘Some might try and use those deaths for their own ends, or to justify their belief that we should never have walked this path.’
    • ‘But on the other hand, if we are down about life, and unsure of our ends and goals, enhancement technologies won't help us.’
    • ‘So if we believe that economic growth is what makes societies happy, promoting innovation can be this way linked to human ends.’
    • ‘He was happy to use me to further his own ends, secure in the knowledge that he'd take me out with virtually no effort when the time came.’
    • ‘But the only people who share identical ends for the identical reasons with identical intensity are identical people.’
    • ‘If you have caused his family any unnecessary pain to further your own ends, then you do not deserve to be in his life at all.’
    • ‘The Respondent, on the face of it to further his own ends but also in his view to further the wishes of the assignors, dealt with the matter in such a way that he simply cut out the input of the assignors' solicitors.’
    • ‘Our ends and values are shared with others and conditioned by the societies in which we live.’
    • ‘The religious leader said politicians were trying to use religion to further their own ends, using sectarian violence as a tool.’
    • ‘Carla and Paul are drawn to each other, forming a strange partnership, partially fueled by somewhat repressed desire, as well as their willingness to use each other to further their own ends.’
    • ‘In brief, shared ends are insufficient to anchor the liberal polity; there must be shared justifications as well.’
    • ‘Human action is the purposeful striving after desired ends.’
    • ‘In other words, no one can prove conclusively we are lying, so we will continue to lie in order to further our own ends.’
    • ‘Indeed, it is arguable that one can only achieve ones ends by engaging in means that those who oppose you will understand and that will hurt them seriously enough to make them take notice.’
    • ‘This refers to a group of persons who participate in common activity and experience a psychological sense of togetherness as shared ends are sought.’
    • ‘Sadly this often results in the initiative itself becoming the end in itself rather than the means to it.’
    • ‘So he obviously developed a way to use nationalism and identity to further his own ends.’
    aim, goal, purpose, objective, object, grail, holy grail, target, mission
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  • 5(in bowls and curling) a session of play in one particular direction across the playing area.

  • 6American Football
    A lineman positioned nearest the sideline.

    ‘a defensive end’
    • ‘The team puts four ends on the field and gets heavy pressure without blitzing.’
    • ‘They are, however, ready to finally have a decent receiving tight end.’
    • ‘He was a pass-rushing defensive end in college.’
    • ‘"He's one of the top defensive ends in this league, " Lewis says.’
    • ‘The ends line up directly in front of the offensive tackles.’
    • ‘His presence was also valuable in set pieces at both ends of the pitch.’


  • all ends up

    • informal Completely.

      • ‘The ‘keeper was beaten all ends up by a rising Curran shot in the 11 th minute of the second half.’
      • ‘United surged forward and he let rip with a daisy-cutter into the bottom left which had the keeper beaten all ends up.’
      • ‘The ball came flying across and my attempted clearance beat our own goalkeeper all ends up, rocketing into the corner of the net.’
      • ‘He had had enough of this Dutch mastery and plowed through the Dutch and banged in a lightening strike as the Dutch goalkeeper was beaten all ends up.’
      • ‘He does brilliantly to clear a shot off the line after Marcos was beaten all ends up by a Brazilian whose identity remains a mystery to me.’
      • ‘It's one thing to be beaten all ends up from start to finish, but quite another to be solid most of the time and then throw in a poor scrum for no obvious reason.’
  • at the end of the day

    • informal When everything is taken into consideration.

      ‘at the end of the day I'm responsible for what happens in the school’
      • ‘I think it is all about money at the end of the day and I don't think it should be.’
      • ‘Besides which, at the end of the day, I still have the love of you, my dear, dear readers.’
      • ‘But at the end of the day there are policemen actually who are beginning to speak up.’
      • ‘But I should just not go into that because it is the choice of the woman at the end of the day not the man.’
      • ‘If, at the end of the day, the decision becomes that of the patient, then how could it lead to murder?’
      • ‘Either way, the fish farmers will, once more, doubtlessly turn a profit at the end of the day.’
      • ‘Yet, at the end of the day, it's just another lousy Hollywood movie, so why all the fuss?’
      • ‘Because at the end of the day, nobody wants to make a decision which might affect their whole career.’
      • ‘And at the end of the day that is what trust in political leadership has to be all about.’
      • ‘Quite a lot of people have written us off, but at the end of the day that suits us.’
      • ‘I really hope it can be saved from closure but it is down to the Post Office at the end of the day.’
      • ‘That, at the end of the day, may be his biggest achievement in the game that has made him a rich man.’
      • ‘But, at the end of the day, they still do not have last say as to where your site will be listed.’
      • ‘By the very nature of the job, one side will hate you at the end of the day.’
      • ‘I continued to study mathematics, and at the end of the day, that is what my degree is in.’
      ultimately, eventually, in the end, in the long run, at length, finally, sooner or later, in time, in the fullness of time, after some time, in the final analysis, when all is said and done, one day, some day, sometime, at last, at long last
      when push comes to shove
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    • informal

      see end
  • be at (or have come to) an end

    • 1Be finished or completed.

      ‘negotiations were virtually at an end’
      • ‘Only when these issues have been addressed and the occupation has come to an end will democracy cease to be an empty concept.’
      • ‘‘The talks with officials had come to an end, but before we concluded they came up with the new issue which did not concern us,’ he said.’
      • ‘It is clear that, if a contract did exist and was at an end, then negotiations can continue.’
      • ‘He said: ‘Now the money is at an end the Tourism Partnership ceases to exist.’’
      • ‘As this young soldier realises his life has come to an end, he stops and he thinks.’
      • ‘It was only as a result of a threat of legal action by the developer that the dispute had come to an end.’
      • ‘The spokesman for the environmental group says the research has come to an end and should be concluded.’
      • ‘The signs weren't looking good last week but indeed after this past week's events I think it's safe to conclude that our time on this planet has come to an end.’
      • ‘They insisted that although they still wanted negotiations to continue they had to regard them has having come to an end.’
      • ‘They do not cease to exist even after the body has come to an end.’
      1. 1.1(of a supply of something) become exhausted.
        ‘our patience has come to an end’
        • ‘‘That promise has not been kept and, speaking personally, my patience is at an end on this issue,’ he said.’
        • ‘However, it turns out that the social-democratic electorate's patience has come to an end.’
        • ‘Within two minutes, however, it was Sanft touching down at the other end and adding the goal points.’
        • ‘But the evidence now suggests that their patience is at an end.’
        • ‘Graduate trainees, who said ‘their patience had come to an end,’ have accused the government of political interference in appointments.’
        • ‘A storm is brewing, patience is at an end, and war looks inevitable.’
        • ‘Fire Brigades' Union delegates emerged from a national meeting after deciding their patience was at an end and they had no option but to stage a new, 24-hour walkout.’
        • ‘I've been respectful, accepting, and tolerant, but my patience is at an end.’
        • ‘By mid-September the emissary's patience was at an end.’
        • ‘I have no idea as to how long he had been waiting, but it was clear that it was his turn and his patience was at an end, you might say.’
  • be at the end of

    • Be close to having no more of (something)

      ‘she was at the end of her patience’
      • ‘Unfortunately, they were at the end of the batch.’
      • ‘Mrs Murphy, whose family run a manufacturing plant on the estate, said they were at the end of their tether.’
  • be the end

    • informal Be the limit of what one can tolerate.

      colloquial ‘you really are the end!’
  • come to (or meet) a sticky end

    • Be led by one's own actions to ruin or an unpleasant death.

      ‘behave yourself or you will come to a sticky end!’
      • ‘Apparently in the 33 years they have been parachuting at Cark, only three skydivers have met a sticky end and all were pros doing tricky jumps.’
      • ‘And all cowards come to a sticky end, sweetheart, whether you like it or not.’
      • ‘It wasn't a surprise for Dance to play a character who comes to a sticky end.’
      • ‘Historically, imperialism always comes to a sticky end, thank God.’
      • ‘It was a promising start but the initiative came to a sticky end.’
      • ‘History is littered with many an aimless younger sibling who has come to a sticky end through no fault other than the fact that he was the second born.’
      • ‘One police source said: ‘If they start criminal activities I think they'll come to a sticky end.’’
      • ‘Many others who, in classical times, hungered after gold came to a sticky end.’
      • ‘And he doesn't mind playing the ‘bad guy’ who eventually meets a sticky end.’
      • ‘He's gonna come to a sticky end if he keeps this up.’
  • end of story

    • see end
      • ‘I work long hours, I'm on an average wage, end of story.’
      • ‘Business should be run by businessmen - end of story.’
      • ‘Pupils here are in school all day, no exceptions, end of story.’
      • ‘Our campaign is not going to be about one big bang and that's it, end of story.’
      • ‘I knew it wasn't the full story, the investigators knew it wasn't the full story but it was the statement that was going to be made, end of story.’
      • ‘I went to a party; I had a little too much to drink, end of story.’
      • ‘Winning is success, losing is failure - end of story.’
      • ‘Juveniles are not put in with adults, end of story.’
      • ‘They are getting phased out of the picture, end of story.’
      • ‘From now on I'm doing the disciplining around here, end of story.’
    • Used to emphasize that there is nothing to add on a matter just mentioned.

      ‘Men don't cry in public. End of story’
  • end one's days (or life)

    • Spend the final part of one's life in a specified place or state.

      ‘she ended her days in London’
      • ‘George goes off the rails again, ending his days in The Chelsea Hotel in New York.’
      • ‘A young soldier answers the call to fight for King and country, and ends his days in a society that disputes the necessity of soldiering.’
      • ‘And Bertram, full of the most charisma and promise as a youth, ends his days as a minor and mildly eccentric academic.’
      • ‘As he boarded a plane from Manchester last February he was looking forward to ending his days in the bosom of his new-found family.’
      • ‘He ends his life as a bankrupt and a dependant of Flashman's aristocratic father-in-law.’
      • ‘There are various stories doing the rounds over the past few year as to why Gavin is not ending his days at the Showgrounds where his experience would be a decided asset to a team bereft of wise heads.’
  • an end in itself

    • A goal that is pursued in its own right to the exclusion of others.

      ‘competition is not an end in itself’
      • ‘We do not believe that it can be pursued as an end in itself.’
      • ‘Any rational nation will treat the U.N. as a means to pursue its ends, not as an end in itself.’
      • ‘Though Cha took an intellectual approach to art making, theory was not an end in itself.’
      • ‘They are, of course, immune to the notion of money as an end in itself.’
      • ‘Selling quality food overseas is not just an end in itself.’
      • ‘Children must be made to know that they exist for the society in which they live, rather than seeing the family as an end in itself.’
      • ‘It is a means toward a goal rather than an end in itself.’
      • ‘Affirmative action is not an end in itself, but an instrument in the struggle for anti-racist movement.’
      • ‘State power, in that context, is a means to an end, not an end in itself.’
      • ‘In some cases the process of seeking someone to blame has even become an end in itself and seems to lead some people even further astray.’
      • ‘Now winning, or doing well in that competition appears to be an end in itself.’
  • end in tears

    • Have an unhappy or unpleasant outcome.

      ‘this treaty will end in tears’
      • ‘The outcome nearly always ends in tears, with tantrums on both sides and withheld fees.’
      • ‘The tragedy is that the love affair looks like ending in tears.’
      • ‘Either no one listens, or you get all carried away and proclaim yourselves as prophets, and it all ends in tears and fireballs.’
      • ‘It wouldn't be right for you to get involved in this kind of relationship because from experience it nearly always ends in tears.’
      • ‘These women follow the same pattern in their dealings with the media: first they are used by Fleet Street, then they try to use Fleet Street, then it all ends in tears.’
      • ‘Meanwhile Bobby and his friends start a rock group but it all ends in tears.’
      • ‘It always ends in tears when prime ministers think too much of their place in history instead of simply trying harder to govern the country well.’
      • ‘The battle to save the Special School ended in tears and acrimony this week when councillors voted to close it.’
      • ‘In my experience, close proximity ends in tears more than anything else.’
      • ‘Of course, the story ends in tears for him.’
      • ‘And, on both occasions, it all ended in tears.’
  • end it all

    • Commit suicide.

      ‘his life was meaningless without Coleen, so he would end it all’
      • ‘At one point a couple of years ago, he says, he thought about ending it all, going out after one last amazing, self-destructive bender.’
      • ‘For the sake of her children, she decided to battle on against the virus instead of ending it all by killing herself.’
      • ‘Should we, if we know we haven't got long to live, be allowed to take the option of ending it all?’
      • ‘Not all of us have been in a situation when you watch someone die slowly and painfully but I'm sure we can all imagine. Wouldn't it be so much easier if they could end it all?’
      • ‘You do feel despair and I know a lot of people do contemplate ending it all.’
      • ‘Van Gogh said the only solution was to end it all.’
      • ‘On a cold January night, he decided to end it all by drowning himself.’
      • ‘For those who are alone and lonely, that anonymous, comforting voice on the other end of the line might be one thing that prevents them from ending it all, there and then.’
      • ‘Without hope, thousands prefer to end it all by swallowing pesticide.’
      • ‘I wouldn't want anyone to get the idea that having my mother staying with me this week has led me to thoughts of ending it all.’
      • ‘He decided one day that enough was enough and ended it all, and left me with a new-born baby and two other children to cope with on my own.’
      • ‘She begged her best friend to help her to end it all, but her friend, too afraid of going to prison, could do nothing but watch helplessly, unable to ease her best friend's suffering.’
      • ‘I had a ‘dark night of the soul’ and even considered ending it all, but I got through it and decided to use my talents to help others.’
      • ‘‘There were times when I really wanted to end it all because life was just so awful and helpless,’ she said.’
      • ‘Several times now I have contemplated ending it all.’
      • ‘Elsewhere, Beth and Angel are debating the relative merits of hanging and drugs as methods of ending it all.’
  • the end justifies the means

    • Wrong or unfair methods may be used if the overall goal is good.

      ‘we excuse our greed by claiming that the end justifies the means’
      • ‘It does not matter how it happens, the end justifies the means.’
      • ‘I understand that for them the end justifies the means, but I can't help worrying about where society will eventually draw the line.’
      • ‘I don't accept that the end justifies the means and I've taken a strong stand on that within the union movement and will continue to do so.’
      • ‘But I still cannot believe in the idea that the end justifies the means.’
      • ‘When the end justifies the means, then everything is permitted.’
      • ‘It's drama at the end of the day, and it's up to the audience to decide if the end justifies the means.’
      • ‘When it comes to winning arguments, they seem to think that the end justifies the means and that truth is an irrelevance.’
      • ‘A career cop who followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, he believes the end justifies the means.’
      • ‘There is a train of thought in some political circles that the end justifies the means.’
      • ‘Maybe at some point he fell into the trap of believing the end justifies the means, that it's OK to mislead somebody to get them to say what you need them to say, because the message is more important than how you get the message.’
  • the end of the road (or line)

    • The point beyond which progress or survival cannot continue.

      ‘if the damages award is not lowered it could be the end of the road for the publisher’
      ‘they've been offered compensation and they'll accept, but only because they feel they've reached the end of the line’
      • ‘In Los Angeles, motorway capital of the world, car chaos has taken the city to the end of the road.’
      • ‘Police will start using a new radio system today meaning the end of the road for eavesdroppers who listened in to police messages.’
      • ‘Some say it's the end of the road for players like Paul and others.’
      • ‘After 170 years of wacky inventions and strange new models, it seems we may finally be at the end of the road for the electric car.’
      • ‘A meeting will take place today to decide if it is the end of the road for workers at the plant.’
      • ‘This week, as in previous years, a number of politicians some nice and some barely competent, have come to the end of the road.’
      • ‘For the little biotech company, it may be the end of the road, their destruction.’
      • ‘It is the end of the road for these buses, as the company has been sold off amid a huge backlog of repairs and maintenance work.’
      • ‘It marks the end of the road for him and for all who bullied and killed in his name.’
  • the end of one's tether (or north americanrope)

    • Having no patience or energy left to cope with something.

      ‘these individuals have reached the end of their tether’
      • ‘Gardeners are near the end of their tether because of youngsters rampaging through their allotment, leaving a trail of devastation behind them.’
      • ‘The ad, which speaks to a patient at the end of his rope, states, ‘If you have advanced HIV, your options are limited.’’
      • ‘Residents are at the end of their tether with regard to youth crime in the area.’
      • ‘He said children had repeatedly kicked a football at his gable end wall for two years and that the thudding had brought him and his wife, Sue, to the end of their tether.’
      • ‘She said she can't cope with it anymore as she's at the end of her tether.’
      • ‘Neighbours are also at the end of their tether with the trouble.’
      • ‘A lot of residents are at the end of their tether and I don't think he realises exactly what he has done.’
      • ‘But, when it's an individual who is obviously very distressed and at the end of their tether and upset, you feel heart-sorry for them.’
      • ‘I am at the end of my tether and I feel that I can no longer cope with the behaviour of the defendant and her family.’
      • ‘There's no need to wait until you are at the end of your tether before you come here.’
      • ‘‘It's at crisis point, teachers are at the end of their tether,’ he said.’
      • ‘We have some members of the group who have reached the end of their tether and feel they can't go on.’
      at one's wits' end, desperate, not knowing which way to turn, unable to cope
      at the end of one's rope
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  • the end of the world

    • 1The termination of life on the earth.

      • ‘People screamed and flung themselves face down upon the earth fearing it was the end of the world.’
      • ‘It had seemed like the end of the world, with explosions like one would picture with Armageddon.’
      • ‘That was how the prophets of doom predicted the end of the world at midnight on the millennium.’
      • ‘The Earth and the inhabitants of the planet were preparing for the end of the world.’
      • ‘And we have become almost immune to those harbingers of doom who foretell the end of the world.’
      • ‘Interesting examples of this occur with doomsday cults, which set dates and times for the end of the world.’
      1. 1.1informal A complete disaster.
        ‘it's not the end of the world if we draw’
        • ‘Suffering from diabetes does not have to mean the end of the world.’
        • ‘Lets face it - contrary to the hysteria - missing out on a first-round offer is not the end of the world.’
        • ‘So defeat at Spurs last night was not the end of the world.’
        • ‘It's also the end of the world if another actor is singled out for praise, especially if you have a similar-sized part.’
        • ‘‘It was like the end of the world for the whole family, when this happened to Lydia,’ he said.’
        • ‘A defeat on January 12, while not spelling the end of the world, would hardly do morale all that much good.’
        • ‘It would be great to make a million dollars but if we don't, that's not exactly the end of the world..’
        • ‘Go back to read the Hansard report from 1954 when commercial television was being launched and the view then was that it was the end of the world.’
        • ‘There will be some who will proclaim this result a disaster, the end of the world.’
        • ‘Leaving it a little more open-ended wouldn't be the end of the world.’
        • ‘Fear of failure is a bona fide force but, fall just once, and you'll see that failing is not the end of the world.’
        • ‘It's not the end of the world, it only really matters if I apply to grad school.’
        • ‘She learned that it wasn't the end of the world to try really hard to achieve something and then not win.’
        • ‘But by now you will all have gotten those dreaded results and you will know that it is not, in fact, the end of the world at all.’
        • ‘It's not the end of the world if everything doesn't work out to your expectations.’
        • ‘Relax, take a deep breath and remember, it's not the end of the world.’
        • ‘But it is not the end of the world - even though it feels like it right now!’
  • end on

    • 1With the end of an object facing towards one.

      ‘seen end on, their sharp summits point like arrows’
      1. 1.1With the end of an object touching that of another.
        ‘stone tiles had been layered end on with incredible skill’
        • ‘For three blocks the surrounding streets have been closed off except to motorcycles and as far as the eye can see Harleys are parked end on to the curb.’
        edgewise, sidewards, side first, edgeways, end on
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  • end to end

    • In a row with the end of one object touching that of another.

      ‘bales were laid end to end for a delivery’
      • ‘If they had been laid end to end, the trees would measure 12 times the height of Blackpool Tower!’
      • ‘Pipes often need to be connected end to end to reach from one roadside to the other.’
      • ‘If you laid all your blood vessels out end to end, they would wrap twice around the equator.’
      • ‘Once he has reached that figure he will begin laying the coins end to end to try and form the longest line of pennies ever.’
      • ‘If every Barbie doll ever manufactured were laid end to end, they would circle the earth three and a half times.’
      • ‘Well, imagine laying standard playing cards end to end from New York to San Francisco.’
      • ‘If all the glass, wine and beer bottles were laid end to end, they would stretch from Ireland to Sri Lanka.’
      • ‘They are planning to surround their school with coins placed end to end.’
  • get (or have) one's end away

    • vulgar slang Have sexual intercourse.

  • get one's end in

    • vulgar slang Have sexual intercourse.

  • in the end

    • Eventually or on reflection.

      ‘in the end, I saw that she was right’
      • ‘We shouldn't have had to go five times to the well, but we got our reward in the end.’
      • ‘They would either have to let me go in the end and face doing time in jail if they were caught or they would have to kill me.’
      • ‘He has got there in the end, even if the work he has put in has been free labour.’
      • ‘Moralising on the basis of hurricanes and storm surges is not going to help anybody in the end.’
      • ‘What is a challenge worth when there is no prize in the end to make up for the travails?’
      • ‘I think we got it right in the end, but it'll be a surprise tomorrow to see what happens.’
      • ‘My Dad stayed behind in the end as they didn't think I was fit enough to be left alone.’
      • ‘I wasn't keen on the first part of the gas mask story, but it all worked out in the end.’
      • ‘He rang the county clerk's office to sort out the error, and was able to vote in the end.’
      • ‘It may cost a little more to do it that way but in the end their passengers would think better of them for it.’
      • ‘I struggle on a while longer, deciding in the end to leave this tough job to the experts.’
      • ‘This film will make you laugh and make you cry and fall in love and feel good in the end.’
      • ‘Young men are like that, but it helps with the preservation of the species, in the end.’
      • ‘The plot is basically about unrequited love and the boy ending up with the right girl in the end.’
      • ‘So, in the end, we gave her an old football, and she soon grew to love it like a special friend.’
      • ‘The walls are now the wrong shade of white. this is the sort of thing which drives you mad in the end.’
      • ‘We lost heavily in the end, but it never looked like it was going to happen that way.’
      • ‘I know there will be a couple of grumbles along the way but, in the end, they would be happy.’
      eventually, in the end, in the long run, at length, finally, sooner or later, in time, in the fullness of time, after some time, in the final analysis, when all is said and done, one day, some day, sometime, at last, at long last
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  • keep (or hold) one's end up

    • informal Perform well in a difficult or competitive situation.

      ‘Michael had to keep his end up against attacks’
      • ‘The girls keep their end up but are really in a different league.’
      • ‘You have to be able to keep your end up in an argument and show that your position is consistent.’
      • ‘The youngster held his end up in the tight exchanges and after scoring the first try he actually side-stepped a winger to score another in the second half.’
      • ‘‘At least I'm prepared to consider the odd risk here and there,’ she argued, more to keep her end up than with any conviction.’
      • ‘He held his end up gracefully, and even more kudos to him for being able to flirt in a foreign language.’
      • ‘It's hard for guys to step into a team and he's still naive when it comes to calls and knowing our players but he's held his end up competently.’
      • ‘This was a most enjoyable and rewarding experience and I think with the usual Kiwi exuberance we were able ‘to hold our end up’ quite well.’
      • ‘I can certainly keep my end up in the school choir, which I love.’
      manage, survive, subsist, look after oneself, fend for oneself, shift for oneself, stand on one's own two feet, carry on, get through, get on, get along, get by, muddle through, muddle along, scrape by, bear up, make the grade, come through, hold one's own, keep one's end up, keep one's head above water, keep the wolf from the door, weather the storm
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  • make an end of

    • Cause (someone or something) to stop existing or die.

      ‘we regret that the printers did not make an end of half-paid female labour’
      • ‘Finally, we must reject supernatural explanations for the practical and simple reason that they make an end of science instead of advancing it.’
      • ‘She answered, ‘I forgive you with all my heart, for I hope you shall make an end of my troubles.’’
      • ‘The English spectators, respecting his determination to make an end of himself, stood politely by and let him drown.’
      • ‘One day the brothers who had been driven out came together, killed and devoured their father and so made an end of the patriarchal horde.’
      • ‘He did not want to see her suffer, and, thinking that it would be more merciful to make an end of her, he went into the kitchen to fetch his skinning knife.’
      • ‘In the meantime, however, the time has come for us to make an end of him, and it is for that reason I requested you to visit me tonight.’
      • ‘The task which is posed by history is not to support one part of the imperialist system against another but to make an end of the system as a whole…’
      • ‘As Daniel says - He has made an end of sin and finished transgression.’
  • make (both) ends meet

    • Earn just enough money to live on.

      ‘they were finding it hard to make ends meet’
      • ‘Some want to make enough money to make ends meet; others want money for extras or just a way to stay busy.’
      • ‘Life was hard, he said, but he managed to make ends meet.’
      • ‘By doing some casual work, like designing computer software, he has managed to make both ends meet and has enough left over to invest in his bicycle journeys.’
      • ‘In the initial stages, the salary offered would not be enough to make both ends meet.’
      • ‘The reduction of overtime will also hit staff, many of whom are in debt and rely on the extra money to make ends meet.’
      • ‘This will lead to loss of trade to the shopkeepers who are all having a hard enough time to make ends meet as it is.’
      • ‘She said that £190 a week was simply not enough to make ends meet living in the capital.’
      • ‘As the majority of my salary was swallowed up by my obsession, I ended up borrowing a lot of money to make ends meet.’
      • ‘They have been put up by people desperate to make some extra money in order to make ends meet.’
      • ‘Liz and Nick were always out to work but they barely had enough money to make ends meet.’
      manage, cope, get by, survive, exist, subsist, muddle along, muddle through, scrape along, scrape by, scrape through, get along, make do, barely have enough to live on, scarcely have enough to live on, keep the wolf from the door, keep one's head above water, scrimp, scrape a living
      make out
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  • never (or not) hear the end of

    • Be continually reminded of (an unpleasant topic or cause of annoyance)

      ‘a criminal court which admitted such a defence would never hear the end of it’
      • ‘If she knew you were doing this you'd never hear the end of it’
      • ‘You know this means we'll never hear the end of it from him.’
      • ‘Don't use the word ‘rat’ as an uncomplimentary epithet around Jane, or you'll never hear the end of it.’
      • ‘‘You put a photo of him in the paper and we'll never hear the end of it,’ they warned.’
      • ‘When everyone else finds out I am pregnant I will never hear the end of it.’
      • ‘Man, don't tell anyone about that or I'll never hear the end of it.’
      • ‘Just let him play with us or you'll never hear the end of it!’
      • ‘My goodness we didn't hear the end of that one for months.’
      • ‘I had a feeling I would never hear the end of this one.’
      • ‘I don't want to take the light away from her or else I'll never hear the end of it.’
      • ‘If everything I say is analysed to such an extent we'd never hear the end of it.’
      • ‘I didn't hear the end of that one for a long, long time.’
  • no end

    • informal To a great extent; very much.

      ‘this cheered me up no end’
      • ‘That cheers me up no end knowing that in four weeks the depression will melt away.’
      • ‘We're hoping to get a bit of gardening in tomorrow and, if so, the fresh air and gentle exercise will buck me up no end.’
      • ‘His daughters have come from abroad to see him and he has brightened up no end!’
      • ‘That cheered me up no end and the round of applause after that was mentioned went on for minutes!’
      • ‘They showed remarkable fight on Sunday last, never gave up and this game will help them no end.’
      • ‘You know how it is when you suddenly become aware of some part of yourself, and it bothers you no end?’
      • ‘It pleased me no end, trying to make amends for many years of imposed suppression.’
      • ‘And I was shown a picture of the Other Half in knee socks, which cheered me up no end.’
  • no end of

    • informal A great deal of.

      ‘emotions can cause no end of problems’
      • ‘She apparently suffers no end of teasing on account of it.’
      • ‘Election fever is gripping the area, with no end of opinion polls every day.’
      • ‘It's expensive, it's unrewarding, and we'll get no end of criticism for doing what must be done.’
      • ‘This has done no end of good for the studio's profitability.’
      • ‘It's a question with a long history and no end of long answers.’
      • ‘My current housemate has no end of casual tricks.’
      • ‘This has caused no end of problems with the central government.’
      • ‘But it will have done no end of harm to his reputation.’
      • ‘All this adds up to no end of bureaucracy and delay.’
      • ‘Michael provided us with no end of entertainment.’
      countless, innumerable, untold, legion, numberless, unnumbered, numerous, very many, manifold, multitudinous, multifarious
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  • on end

    • 1Continuing without stopping for a specified period of time.

      ‘sometimes they'll be gone for days on end’
      • ‘The Cochin Port Trust continued to maintain the steel structure for years on end.’
      • ‘Sometimes their legs are tied together for years on end in the misguided hope that this will heal them.’
      • ‘Sonic would keep me occupied for hours on end.’
      • ‘It's just one of those silly rituals or in-jokes you tend to get when you have a group of men together on tour for weeks on end.’
      in succession, in a row, at a time, successively, consecutively, running, straight, on end, one after the other, continuously, without a break, without interruption
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    • 2In an upright position.

      ‘he brushed his hair, leaving a tuft standing on end’
      • ‘Oh, and needless to say, Ronnie Spector is a complete goddess whose voice can make the hairs on the back of one's neck stand on end.’
      • ‘The chord and respective melody movements are so genuinely perfect that they could make the hairs on your neck stand on end.’
      • ‘The thought of spending thirty days in a glass tank with up to 2700 of them was enough to set my hair on end.’
      • ‘If you are outside in a lightning storm, you may notice that your hair starts to stand on end.’
      • ‘Linda's hair was messed up and Aaron's auburn hair was standing straight on end.’
      • ‘Suzanne's hair stood on end and her eyes bulged with a maniacal glee.’
      • ‘The other kind of trailer is the one that knocks your socks off, stands your hair on end, sears the retina and leaves you gasping.’
      upright, erect, perpendicular, plumb, on end, standing, upstanding, bolt upright, upended
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  • put an end to

    • Cause (someone or something) to stop existing or die.

      ‘injury put an end to his career’
      ‘he decided to put an end to himself’
      • ‘They set up housekeeping in a vacant lot, but a farmer with his tractor soon puts an end to that.’
      • ‘One judge finally puts an end to two disputed elections’
      • ‘When an injury to her knee put an end to her dancing, Riefenstahl switched to skiing.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, Hancock was too close to him to avoid a collision and he hit a wall, putting an end to his race before it had begun.’
      • ‘Predictably, the tree caught fire, putting an end to any more time-saving innovations.’
      • ‘And I want to be generation that puts an end to that.’
      • ‘He tried to freeze wages but the high court put an end to that the same day with a very quick ruling.’
      • ‘A Government inspector has finally backed a controversial road scheme, putting an end to five years of debate and acrimonious protests.’
      • ‘But a new project, launched in Bexley in September, aims to put an end to all that.’
      • ‘This deal puts an end to three years of circus.’
      • ‘This will put an end to the agonising wait at the bus stop for the harried commuter.’
      • ‘Amanda opened her mouth to say something but I put an end to that by throwing a salt shaker at her.’
      destroy, kill, bring to an end, be the end of, end, extinguish, dash, quell, quash, ruin, wreck, shatter, smash, crush, scotch
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  • the sharp end

    • 1informal The most important or influential part of an activity or process.

      ‘he was born at the sharp end of history’
      • ‘That's why it is so important that the people on the sharp end of these structural changes are given the opportunity to get their message through - loud and clear.’
      • ‘Unlike any university-based course, the WPI programme exposed us to the sharp end of power, wealth, and social and political influences.’
      1. 1.1The most risky or unpleasant part of a system or activity.
        ‘businessmen are at the sharp end of the recession’
        • ‘He was spot on when he said ‘Rough sleepers are at the sharp end of social exclusion.’’
        • ‘One of the ugliest aspects of the risk aversion culture is the way we name and blame the beleaguered professionals who are at the sharp end of our failed policies.’
        • ‘State social work is at the sharp end of the welfare state.’
        • ‘But we cannot, in the process, join in the attacks on those very people who are at the sharp end of racist attacks.’
        • ‘The fundamental reason is that they are at the sharp end of the social effects of unemployment, job insecurity and low pay.’
        • ‘‘The guys on the street are at the sharp end of things,’ he says.’
        • ‘‘All local prisons are at the sharp end of overcrowding,’ the report points out.’
        • ‘What the Executive now needs is to start developing the skills which would allow it to understand how demanding life is at the sharp end of public service delivery for teachers, doctors, police officers and others.’
    • 2informal The bow of a ship.

    • informal

      see end
  • a —— to end all ——s

    • informal Used to emphasize how impressive or successful something is of its kind.

      ‘she is going to throw a party to end all parties’
  • without end

    • Without a limit or boundary.

      ‘a war without end’
      • ‘The words it spoke were without beginning and without end, an eternal toll.’
      • ‘And to find it, you need love and courage without end.’
      • ‘But work without end spells less time for study.’
      • ‘We will be marching and attending rallies without end unless there is a significant and profound change in American life and policy.’
      • ‘No other land is in sight, only an ocean without end.’
      • ‘The appalling realities seem to continue without end.’
      • ‘In the context of ‘a war on terrorism,’ which is a war without end, there is no enemy combatant per se, and it makes everything even heavier.’
      • ‘But war without end is not a policy; it's asking for trouble.’
      • ‘Sadly, the Fire Brigades Union seem to have talked, and walked, themselves into a series of strikes without end.’
      • ‘It has three times reduced taxes - mostly on the rich - careening the federal budget from a surplus to a deficit without end.’
      • ‘There is noise, disturbance, pollution, and traffic without end - a habitat that only Homo sapiens can endure.’
      continuous, unbroken, uninterrupted, never-ending, without end, non-stop
      unlimited, limitless, infinite, inexhaustible, boundless, unbounded, untold, immeasurable, measureless, incalculable, inestimable
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  • world without end

    • Forever or infinitely.

      ‘the long summer days stretched ahead, world without end’
      • ‘Our knowledge of the riches of the glory of God will increase forever and ever, world without end.’
      • ‘As Paul the apostle says in Ephesians 3: 21, ‘unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.’’
      • ‘We all remember the Dead Boys, the Germs, the Damned, the Clash, Television, etcetera and so on world without end.’
      • ‘In fact, most people who finish are those who learn to get up at 7: 00 AM every morning and write until 10 PM - day after day after day after day, world without end, amen.’
      • ‘He was who he was, and she was who she was, and this was where they were, world without end, amen.’
      • ‘Joyce's revision of Dublin in 1904 becomes a vision of world without end.’


Old English ende (noun), endian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch einde (noun), einden (verb) and German Ende (noun), enden (verb).