One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A man at the end of a row, line, or series.
- ‘It begins with the fullback blocking the end man on the line.’
2historical A man at the end of a line of performers in a minstrel show who engaged in comic repartee with the interlocutor.
- ‘In our village we had an old minstrel-show routine where an end man would Make some dogmatic statement, and the Interlocutor would ask, ‘Are you sure of that?’’
- ‘He was always "end man" and his costume nearly always the same boyish one.’
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