One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The point at which further effort is unproductive or one can go no further.
- ‘We're not taking it any further: we've come to the end of the line and used all the procedures we can.’
- ‘We haven't finished this process and we have to go back out into the communities to talk through issues people may have: this is not the end of the line.’
- ‘Its owner believes a bad turn-out this Bank Holiday weekend could signal the end of the line for the little zoo in North Lincolnshire.’
- ‘Jeff's a man with integrity and compassion who nevertheless finds himself at the end of the line thanks to the poor choices and unwise decisions he's made in life.’
- ‘I am afraid you have reached the end of the line so far as the law courts are concerned.’
- ‘Mr Crawford's fight finally reached the end of the line this month when his appeal was dismissed.’
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