Definition of loose end in English:

loose end


  • A detail that is not yet settled or explained.

    ‘Mark arrived back at his office to tie up any loose ends’
    • ‘The ending is a bit abrupt, not making enough effort to tie the loose ends together.’
    • ‘Last week was hectic, but, between trips to Switzerland to tie up loose ends, he did keep up with domestic news.’
    • ‘She then intends to write a book to tie up the loose ends and reveal what happens to her characters.’
    • ‘It is time to complete professional projects and tie up loose ends today.’
    • ‘On Saturday morning, despite not all the loose ends being tied up, we were allowed into the building.’
    • ‘We have a few loose ends to tie up first, much of which will happen over the next 7 to 10 days.’
    • ‘I know working together with you and your family would be beneficial, but I had to tie up some loose ends first.’
    • ‘The plot does not follow a straight path whereby all the loose ends are tied up and everything finally starts to make sense.’
    • ‘Those who like their loose ends tied should probably give it a miss, but if you're prepared to go with the flow, this is thrilling stuff.’
    • ‘I said I wanted to leave them with one thought which I hoped would tie up any loose ends.’
    • ‘It had been a few hours since he had awoke that morning and the first thing that crossed his mind was to tie up loose ends.’
    • ‘The weather's turned cold, and I've been racing around trying to get lots of loose ends tied up before Christmas.’
    • ‘There is so much work to be done, a few loose ends need tying up before I can move on.’
    • ‘It is time to complete professional projects and tie up loose ends in any aspect today.’
    • ‘I'll be back, either later today or first thing tomorrow, to tie up a few loose ends and thank a few people.’
    • ‘The source said the deal was supposed to be finalised last week but the two parties are still working on tying up loose ends.’
    • ‘As Daphne departs on Sunday with the two children, Seamus is remaining on to tie up loose ends and follow on later.’
    • ‘The screenplay was so carefully written that everything is explained, loose ends are tied up.’
    • ‘I have many things to sort out and many loose ends to tie up - so to speak.’
    • ‘A small number have been kept on to tie up loose ends before it permanently closes its doors next month.’


  • be at a loose end

    • Have nothing specific to do.

      ‘why don't you stay to eat, if you're at a loose end?’
      • ‘I was at a loose end and a friend asked me what I would most like to do.’
      • ‘I was at a loose end one winter so decided to give it a go.’
      • ‘He was at loose ends in his hometown, and hoped the Marines would give his life some ‘structure and discipline.’’
      • ‘After he'd gone, on Sunday we were at a loose end and found ourselves driving back into the countryside, driving aimlessly.’
      • ‘We were at a loose end for something to do, and Mom suggested the cinema, so, I agreed.’
      • ‘The musician was in town this evening, to talk at the Union, and since I was at a loose end, I decided to go along; pleasantly surprised.’
      • ‘He had been at loose ends ever since his forced retirement from the police force and then almost immediately afterwards his wife had died in an accident, leaving him alone.’
      • ‘Sam complains he'll be at a loose end until it's time to catch his plane.’
      • ‘She added: ‘Not all young people out on the streets get into trouble, but this offers them an alternative to being bored and getting involved in things they might if they were at a loose end.’’
      • ‘This means that their children tend to be at a loose end from the end of school until early evening, so some kind of place was needed where they could be supervised and take part in various distractions and activities.’


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