Definition of end in English:

end

noun

  • 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’
    • ‘Many say the two new injections could be made available to the public by end of the year.’
    • ‘Final financial approval is expected by the end of June.’
    • ‘At the end of the journey he wished to express his appreciation for the favour by treating me to a drink in a bar.’
    • ‘We got the early goal, scored right at the end of the first half and got another within seconds of them getting their goal.’
    • ‘The Kildare fire services hopes it will have contacted most guest houses by the end of this year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We we nearing the end of June and the trip was less than two weeks away.’
    • ‘On the evidence of this performance both sides will be in the running for honours at the end of the season.’
    • ‘The first stage will be completed by the end of March.’
    • ‘You go out to a night club all happy and then the fights at the end of the night ruin it all.’
    • ‘We made a list and set a goal of playing at least one club on the list by summer's end.’
    • ‘By the end of the session they're breathing out big, solid clouds into the chill air.’
    • ‘There was a mighty battle in the middle of the park and at the end of it the honours were shared.’
    • ‘Much beer was consumed, of course, and I had a bit of a nightmare journey home at the end of the night.’
    • ‘Like him or not, we're seeing the tail end of a key era in Canadian politics pass.’
    • ‘At the end of this hellish journey, Japan Rail made my father pay for two more tickets.’
    • ‘The major pipe work is expected to be completed by the end of March 2005.’
    • ‘"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.’
    • ‘Another financial goal is to have the redecoration of our house completed by the end of March.’
    • ‘All have time-sensitive deadlines that mark the end of August.’
    conclusion, termination, ending, finish, close, resolution, climax, finale, culmination, denouement
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    1. 1.1 A 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’
      • ‘For the best part of a century, that clanging sound signalled the abrupt end of an English night out.’
      • ‘If Labour wins its expected second landslide it will mark the end of a century of Conservative hegemony.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Grappling with insurgency appears to be the daily assignment with no end in sight.’
    2. 1.2 Used to emphasize that something, typically a subject of discussion, is considered finished:
      ‘you will go to church and there's an 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.’
      • ‘Mistakenly, I think that's the end of it.’
      • ‘Her mother said: "OK, that's the end of it."’
      • ‘She accepted that she might be mistaken about this point - so that is an end of it.’
      • ‘" You would no longer be any daughter of mine and there's an end of it!’
    3. 1.3 A 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] ‘the end house’
    • ‘It seemed to me as if the sky split open from one end to the other to rain down fire.’
    • ‘As he does, we see a door at the far end of the hallway slightly open.’
    • ‘The cashier will also be moved to the opposite end of the service area to improve customer flow.’
    • ‘She did a few laps, and then at one end of the pool, stopped to take a breather and relax.’
    • ‘Where once it took three hours to get from one end of the island to the other, it now takes one.’
    • ‘Bend one end of each ribbon and seal edge only with fabric glue to form the rod pocket.’
    • ‘Alternatively, you can telephone the phone numbers given at the end of this piece.’
    • ‘They have put signs up at each end stating there have been eighteen deaths in two years.’
    • ‘This one sounded tired, as if the owner had just run from one end of the world to the other.’
    • ‘She grabbed one of the ropes and tied one end to a four by four that was supporting the roof.’
    • ‘Take your nail and place it so that the pointed end rests against the top of the block of wood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘None of them knew which end of the club to hold five years ago, and all of them can now play well.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At one end of the line, was a man with a large soupspoon dishing out a brown meaty stew.’
    • ‘Place the nail or paper clip at one end of the coil and then connect the coil to the battery.’
    • ‘In some cases, gable end cladding can be replaced with space sheeting.’
    • ‘The door of the house at the end of the street is open and anyone is welcome in.’
    • ‘On the floor just below the north tower there was a balcony with statues on each end of it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They could travel from one end of the city to the other and never see the light of day.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I couldn't even see the far end of the tunnel.’
    • ‘They live in a stark, unpainted, concrete house at the end of a five-mile dirt road.’
    • ‘Laura sat curled up at one end of her bed, a book in hand and a notebook in the other.’
    • ‘A door opened and slammed shut again at the far end of the hallway.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For example 9 billion cigarette ends get dropped around Australia every year.’
      butt, stub, stump, remnant, fragment, vestige
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    2. 2.2 A 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?’
      • ‘During a space mission, astronauts and their spacecraft are exposed to temperature extremes on both ends of the scale.’
      • ‘This poverty coexists with obscene wealth at the other end of the social scale.’
      • ‘The market has changed from having a top end, a middle market and a lower end.’
      • ‘People from what would be considered opposite ends of the social spectrum mingle openly.’
      • ‘The table gives the official minima for combinations at opposite ends of the spectrum.’
      • ‘So how does the low end of the performance scale do here?’
      • ‘At the other end of the scale of size, at the atomic and subatomic level, another great mystery resides.’
      • ‘Only those at opposite ends of the social scale joined up.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All of us work along a spectrum with emotions at one end and the intellect at the other.’
      • ‘At the opposite end of the scale, Charlton went all season without earning a single spot-kick.’
      • ‘The majority of offences committed by juveniles are not at the serious end of the scale.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These two devices mark the bottom and top ends of the mid-market respectively, Quantum said.’
      • ‘Folks at the upper end of the scale also pay the vast bulk of income taxes in the country.’
      • ‘Today, the companies are vastly different operations and producing returns at opposite ends of the scale for their owners.’
      • ‘Visitors will have the chance to eavesdrop on preparations for two weddings involving women at opposite ends of the social scale.’
      • ‘And its not just those at the lower end of the economic scale who are feeling the pinch.’
      • ‘But the hottest souvenir buy this year comes from the other end of the fashion scale.’
      • ‘It has gambled on ventures elsewhere in the world to get a bigger share of the luxury end of the market.’
      • ‘It is not just at the larger end of the deal spectrum where firms appear to be struggling to find good deals.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, at the other end of the scale the worst site was at Ballybeg which had been a problem for a long time.’
      aspect, side, section, area, field, part, share, portion, segment, province
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    3. 2.3 Either of two places linked by a telephone call, letter, or journey:
      ‘‘Hello,’ said a voice at the other end’
      • ‘When I got out of the tube at the other end of my journey, his voicemail was waiting for me.’
      • ‘These chocolate soldiers of the air breeze past their human cargo apparently determined to avoid eye contact at both ends of the journey.’
      • ‘At the end of the journey, I feel as if I've reached a sort of Velocipede's nirvana.’
      • ‘He recommends that the southern end of the link should go ahead in the short-term.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    4. 2.4 Either of the halves of a sports field or court defended by one team or player:
      ‘when they changed ends, the goals kept coming’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One rule in tennis is that every other game you switch ends of the court with your opponent.’
      • ‘Wallace led the onslaught with his sparkling play and boundless energy on both ends of the court.’
      • ‘Both players were trying to dominate with fast, attacking shots and they shared the next two ends to take it to a deciding set.’
      • ‘Warrick works hard at both ends and is a team player.’
      • ‘Goalless at the end of normal time, the teams changed ends for extra-time.’
      • ‘He demands that his players play both ends of the court.’
      • ‘Although he still is overpowered at times, Miles has been very effective at both ends of the court playing closer to the basket.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He has become timid at both ends of the court, and his playing time has been cut.’
      • ‘The team needs consistency on both ends of the court.’
      • ‘Ham consistently plays team basketball on both ends of the court-a concept his teammates don't embrace.’
  • 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’
    • ‘The religious leader said politicians were trying to use religion to further their own ends, using sectarian violence as a tool.’
    • ‘But the only people who share identical ends for the identical reasons with identical intensity are identical people.’
    • ‘In brief, shared ends are insufficient to anchor the liberal polity; there must be shared justifications as well.’
    • ‘To this end I believe that the County Board must act now before an incident like this ends tragically.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our ends and values are shared with others and conditioned by the societies in which we live.’
    • ‘But on the other hand, if we are down about life, and unsure of our ends and goals, enhancement technologies won't help us.’
    • ‘This refers to a group of persons who participate in common activity and experience a psychological sense of togetherness as shared ends are sought.’
    • ‘So if we believe that economic growth is what makes societies happy, promoting innovation can be this way linked to human ends.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So he obviously developed a way to use nationalism and identity to further his own ends.’
    • ‘Surely the administration would not resort to blackmailing us into allowing the use of the airport to further their own ends?’
    • ‘Sadly this often results in the initiative itself becoming the end in itself rather than the means to it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Human action is the purposeful striving after desired 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.’
    • ‘In other words, no one can prove conclusively we are lying, so we will continue to lie in order to further our 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.’
    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’
    • ‘His presence was also valuable in set pieces at both ends of the pitch.’
    • ‘They are, however, ready to finally have a decent receiving tight end.’
    • ‘"He's one of the top defensive ends in this league, " Lewis says.’
    • ‘The ends line up directly in front of the offensive tackles.’
    • ‘The team puts four ends on the field and gets heavy pressure without blitzing.’
    • ‘He was a pass-rushing defensive end in college.’

Phrases

  • all ends up

    • informal Completely.

      • ‘The ball came flying across and my attempted clearance beat our own goalkeeper all ends up, rocketing into the corner of the net.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The ‘keeper was beaten all ends up by a rising Curran shot in the 11 th minute of the second half.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘United surged forward and he let rip with a daisy-cutter into the bottom left which had the keeper beaten all ends up.’
      • ‘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.’
  • at the end of the day

    • When everything is taken into consideration:

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

    • 1Be finished or completed:

      ‘negotiations were virtually at an end’
      • ‘He said: ‘Now the money is at an end the Tourism Partnership ceases to exist.’’
      • ‘It is clear that, if a contract did exist and was at an end, then negotiations can continue.’
      • ‘Only when these issues have been addressed and the occupation has come to an end will democracy cease to be an empty concept.’
      • ‘As this young soldier realises his life has come to an end, he stops and he thinks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘They insisted that although they still wanted negotiations to continue they had to regard them has having come to an end.’
      • ‘The spokesman for the environmental group says the research has come to an end and should be concluded.’
      • ‘It was only as a result of a threat of legal action by the developer that the dispute had 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’
        • ‘However, it turns out that the social-democratic electorate's patience has come to an end.’
        • ‘By mid-September the emissary's patience was at an end.’
        • ‘‘That promise has not been kept and, speaking personally, my patience is at an end on this issue,’ he said.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘But the evidence now suggests that their patience is at an end.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Within two minutes, however, it was Sanft touching down at the other end and adding the goal points.’
        • ‘A storm is brewing, patience is at an end, and war looks inevitable.’
        • ‘I've been respectful, accepting, and tolerant, but my 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.’
  • be at the end of

    • Be close to having no more of (something):

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

    • informal Be the limit of what one can tolerate:

      ‘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!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Historically, imperialism always comes to a sticky end, thank God.’
      • ‘It was a promising start but the initiative came to a sticky end.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He's gonna come to a sticky end if he keeps this up.’
      • ‘And he doesn't mind playing the ‘bad guy’ who eventually meets 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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • end of story

    • see end
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Business should be run by businessmen - end of story.’
      • ‘I work long hours, I'm on an average wage, end of story.’
      • ‘Pupils here are in school all day, no exceptions, end of story.’
      • ‘Winning is success, losing is failure - end of story.’
      • ‘Our campaign is not going to be about one big bang and that's it, end of story.’
      • ‘I went to a party; I had a little too much to drink, end of story.’
      • ‘They are getting phased out of the picture, end of story.’
      • ‘Juveniles are not put in with adults, 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’
      • ‘And Bertram, full of the most charisma and promise as a youth, ends his days as a minor and mildly eccentric academic.’
      • ‘He ends his life as a bankrupt and a dependant of Flashman's aristocratic father-in-law.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘State power, in that context, is a means to an end, 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Selling quality food overseas is not just an end in itself.’
      • ‘They are, of course, immune to the notion of money as an end in itself.’
      • ‘It is a means toward a goal rather than an end in itself.’
      • ‘Now winning, or doing well in that competition appears to be an end in itself.’
      • ‘Affirmative action is not an end in itself, but an instrument in the struggle for anti-racist movement.’
      • ‘Though Cha took an intellectual approach to art making, theory was not an end in itself.’
  • end in tears

    • Have an unhappy or unpleasant outcome:

      ‘this treaty will end in tears’
      • ‘Of course, the story ends in tears for him.’
      • ‘It wouldn't be right for you to get involved in this kind of relationship because from experience it nearly always ends in tears.’
      • ‘The tragedy is that the love affair looks like ending in tears.’
      • ‘The outcome nearly always ends in tears, with tantrums on both sides and withheld fees.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In my experience, close proximity ends in tears more than anything else.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Either no one listens, or you get all carried away and proclaim yourselves as prophets, and it all ends in tears and fireballs.’
      • ‘And, on both occasions, it all ended in tears.’
      • ‘The battle to save the Special School ended in tears and acrimony this week when councillors voted to close it.’
  • end it all

    • Commit suicide:

      ‘his life was meaningless without Coleen, so he would end 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?’
      • ‘For the sake of her children, she decided to battle on against the virus instead of ending it all by killing herself.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Should we, if we know we haven't got long to live, be allowed to take the option of ending it all?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘There were times when I really wanted to end it all because life was just so awful and helpless,’ she said.’
      • ‘Without hope, thousands prefer to end it all by swallowing pesticide.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Elsewhere, Beth and Angel are debating the relative merits of hanging and drugs as methods of ending it all.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Van Gogh said the only solution was to end it all.’
      • ‘You do feel despair and I know a lot of people do contemplate ending it all.’
      • ‘On a cold January night, he decided to end it all by drowning himself.’
      • ‘Several times now I have contemplated ending 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.’
  • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When the end justifies the means, then everything is permitted.’
      • ‘I understand that for them the end justifies the means, but I can't help worrying about where society will eventually draw the line.’
      • ‘But I still cannot believe in the idea that the end justifies the means.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It does not matter how it happens, the end justifies the means.’
      • ‘There is a train of thought in some political circles that the end justifies the means.’
      • ‘It's drama at the end of the day, and it's up to the audience to decide if the end justifies the means.’
      • ‘A career cop who followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, he believes 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.’
  • 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’
      • ‘A meeting will take place today to decide if it is the end of the road for workers at the plant.’
      • ‘In Los Angeles, motorway capital of the world, car chaos has taken the city to the end of the road.’
      • ‘It marks the end of the road for him and for all who bullied and killed in his name.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Police will start using a new radio system today meaning the end of the road for eavesdroppers who listened in to police messages.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For the little biotech company, it may be the end of the road, their destruction.’
      • ‘This week, as in previous years, a number of politicians some nice and some barely competent, have come to the end of the road.’
      • ‘Some say it's the end of the road for players like Paul and others.’
  • 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.’
      • ‘A lot of residents are at the end of their tether and I don't think he realises exactly what he has done.’
      • ‘There's no need to wait until you are at the end of your tether before you come here.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Residents are at the end of their tether with regard to youth crime in the area.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We have some members of the group who have reached the end of their tether and feel they can't go on.’
      • ‘She said she can't cope with it anymore as she's at the end of her tether.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘It's at crisis point, teachers are at the end of their tether,’ he said.’
      • ‘Neighbours are also at the end of their tether with the trouble.’
      • ‘The ad, which speaks to a patient at the end of his rope, states, ‘If you have advanced HIV, your options are limited.’’
      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.’
      • ‘That was how the prophets of doom predicted the end of the world at midnight on the millennium.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It had seemed like the end of the world, with explosions like one would picture with Armageddon.’
      • ‘The Earth and the inhabitants of the planet were preparing for the end of the world.’
      1. 1.1informal A complete disaster:
        ‘it's not the end of the world if we draw’
        • ‘She learned that it wasn't the end of the world to try really hard to achieve something and then not win.’
        • ‘Suffering from diabetes does not have to mean 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.’
        • ‘Relax, take a deep breath and remember, it's not the end of the world.’
        • ‘So defeat at Spurs last night was not the end of the world.’
        • ‘It's not the end of the world, it only really matters if I apply to grad school.’
        • ‘‘It was like the end of the world for the whole family, when this happened to Lydia,’ he said.’
        • ‘It's not the end of the world if everything doesn't work out to your expectations.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Lets face it - contrary to the hysteria - missing out on a first-round offer is not 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.’
        • ‘Leaving it a little more open-ended wouldn't be the end of the world.’
        • ‘A defeat on January 12, while not spelling the end of the world, would hardly do morale all that much good.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘It would be great to make a million dollars but if we don't, that's not exactly the end of the world..’
        • ‘There will be some who will proclaim this result a disaster, 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!’
      • ‘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 all the glass, wine and beer bottles were laid end to end, they would stretch from Ireland to Sri Lanka.’
      • ‘If every Barbie doll ever manufactured were laid end to end, they would circle the earth three and a half times.’
      • ‘They are planning to surround their school with coins placed end to end.’
      • ‘Pipes often need to be connected end to end to reach from one roadside to the other.’
      • ‘Well, imagine laying standard playing cards end to end from New York to San Francisco.’
  • 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’
      • ‘What is a challenge worth when there is no prize in the end to make up for the travails?’
      • ‘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 wasn't keen on the first part of the gas mask story, but it all worked out 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.’
      • ‘This film will make you laugh and make you cry and fall in love and feel good in the end.’
      • ‘My Dad stayed behind in the end as they didn't think I was fit enough to be left alone.’
      • ‘We shouldn't have had to go five times to the well, but we got our reward in the end.’
      • ‘He rang the county clerk's office to sort out the error, and was able to vote in the end.’
      • ‘I think we got it right in the end, but it'll be a surprise tomorrow to see what happens.’
      • ‘I struggle on a while longer, deciding in the end to leave this tough job to the experts.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I know there will be a couple of grumbles along the way but, in the end, they would be happy.’
      • ‘So, in the end, we gave her an old football, and she soon grew to love it like a special friend.’
      • ‘He has got there in the end, even if the work he has put in has been free labour.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Moralising on the basis of hurricanes and storm surges is not going to help anybody in the end.’
      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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He held his end up gracefully, and even more kudos to him for being able to flirt in a foreign language.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You have to be able to keep your end up in an argument and show that your position is consistent.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She answered, ‘I forgive you with all my heart, for I hope you shall make an end of my troubles.’’
      • ‘As Daniel says - He has made an end of sin and finished transgression.’
      • ‘Finally, we must reject supernatural explanations for the practical and simple reason that they make an end of science instead of advancing it.’
      • ‘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…’
      • ‘The English spectators, respecting his determination to make an end of himself, stood politely by and let him drown.’
  • make (both) ends meet

    • Earn just enough money to live on:

      ‘they were finding it hard to make ends meet’
      • ‘Life was hard, he said, but he managed to make ends meet.’
      • ‘As the majority of my salary was swallowed up by my obsession, I ended up borrowing a lot of money to make ends meet.’
      • ‘Liz and Nick were always out to work but they barely had enough money 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the initial stages, the salary offered would not be enough to make both 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.’
      • ‘They have been put up by people desperate to make some extra money in order to make ends meet.’
      • ‘She said that £190 a week was simply not enough to make ends meet living in the capital.’
      • ‘The reduction of overtime will also hit staff, many of whom are in debt and rely on the extra 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Just let him play with us 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.’
      • ‘I didn't hear the end of that one for a long, long time.’
      • ‘My goodness we didn't hear the end of that one for months.’
      • ‘If she knew you were doing this you'd never hear the end of it’
      • ‘When everyone else finds out I am pregnant I will 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 don't want to take the light away from her or else I'll never hear the end of it.’
      • ‘Man, don't tell anyone about that or I'll never hear the end of it.’
      • ‘I had a feeling I would never hear the end of this one.’
  • no end

    • informal To a great extent; very much:

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

    • informal A great deal of:

      ‘emotions can cause no end of problems’
      • ‘My current housemate has no end of casual tricks.’
      • ‘It's a question with a long history and no end of long answers.’
      • ‘Michael provided us with no end of entertainment.’
      • ‘It's expensive, it's unrewarding, and we'll get no end of criticism for doing what must be done.’
      • ‘All this adds up to no end of bureaucracy and delay.’
      • ‘This has done no end of good for the studio's profitability.’
      • ‘This has caused no end of problems with the central government.’
      • ‘Election fever is gripping the area, with no end of opinion polls every day.’
      • ‘But it will have done no end of harm to his reputation.’
      • ‘She apparently suffers no end of teasing on account of it.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
      • ‘The thought of spending thirty days in a glass tank with up to 2700 of them was enough to set my hair on end.’
      • ‘Suzanne's hair stood on end and her eyes bulged with a maniacal glee.’
      • ‘Linda's hair was messed up and Aaron's auburn hair was standing straight on end.’
      • ‘If you are outside in a lightning storm, you may notice that your hair starts to stand on end.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This deal puts an end to three years of circus.’
      • ‘But a new project, launched in Bexley in September, aims to put an end to all that.’
      • ‘Predictably, the tree caught fire, putting an end to any more time-saving innovations.’
      • ‘This will put an end to the agonising wait at the bus stop for the harried commuter.’
      • ‘And I want to be generation that puts an end to that.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘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’
        • ‘The fundamental reason is that they are at the sharp end of the social effects of unemployment, job insecurity and low pay.’
        • ‘State social work is at the sharp end of the welfare state.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘‘All local prisons are at the sharp end of overcrowding,’ the report points out.’
        • ‘He was spot on when he said ‘Rough sleepers are at the sharp end of social exclusion.’’
        • ‘But we cannot, in the process, join in the attacks on those very people who are at the sharp end of racist attacks.’
        • ‘‘The guys on the street are at the sharp end of things,’ he says.’
        • ‘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.’
    • 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’
      • ‘We will be marching and attending rallies without end unless there is a significant and profound change in American life and policy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The appalling realities seem to continue without end.’
      • ‘But work without end spells less time for study.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘No other land is in sight, only an ocean without end.’
      • ‘There is noise, disturbance, pollution, and traffic without end - a habitat that only Homo sapiens can endure.’
      • ‘It has three times reduced taxes - mostly on the rich - careening the federal budget from a surplus to a deficit without end.’
      • ‘And to find it, you need love and courage without end.’
      • ‘The words it spoke were without beginning and without end, an eternal toll.’
      unlimited, limitless, infinite, inexhaustible, boundless, unbounded, untold, immeasurable, measureless, incalculable, inestimable
      continuous, unbroken, uninterrupted, never-ending, without end, non-stop
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  • world without end

    • Forever or infinitely:

      ‘the long summer days stretched ahead, 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.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Joyce's revision of Dublin in 1904 becomes a vision of world without end.’
      • ‘He was who he was, and she was who she was, and this was where they were, world without end, amen.’
      • ‘We all remember the Dead Boys, the Germs, the Damned, the Clash, Television, etcetera and so on world without end.’
      • ‘Our knowledge of the riches of the glory of God will increase forever and ever, world without end.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

end

/ɛnd/