Definition of the be-all and end-all in English:

the be-all and end-all

phrase

informal
  • A feature of an activity or a way of life that is of greater importance than any other.

    ‘is food and comfort the be-all and end-all?’
    • ‘‘Love is not the be-all and end-all of life, it is only a part of life’, she says.’
    • ‘Whilst qualifications are not the be-all and end-all of life, I am intensely proud of my achievements.’
    • ‘I still love acting but it's not the be-all and end-all any more.’
    • ‘Already there is talk of him standing down after his next term, with close associates saying that he never really regarded politics as the be-all and end-all.’
    • ‘Although she was extremely bright, her school work took a bit of a back seat, but over the years it's made me realise that academic achievement isn't the be-all and end-all of a young person's life.’
    • ‘‘I wanted to show that having a husband and children isn't the be-all and end-all, it's not nirvana either personally or otherwise’.’
    • ‘My desire to win is as strong as when I was 17, but a lot has happened to make me realise football is not the be-all and end-all.’
    • ‘A lot of people see speed cameras as the be-all and end-all of traffic management.’
    • ‘Price, he said, is not the be-all and end-all for drinkers.’
    • ‘From what I have seen, London is not all bright lights, trendy bars and happy people - it certainly is not the be-all and end-all.’