Definition of on end in English:

on end


  • 1Continuing without stopping for a specified period of time.

    ‘sometimes they'll be gone for days on end’
    • ‘The Cochin Port Trust continued to maintain the steel structure for years on end.’
    • ‘Sonic would keep me occupied for hours on end.’
    • ‘Sometimes their legs are tied together for years on end in the misguided hope that this will heal them.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘Suzanne's hair stood on end and her eyes bulged with a maniacal glee.’
    • ‘The chord and respective melody movements are so genuinely perfect that they could make the hairs on your neck stand on end.’
    • ‘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 other kind of trailer is the one that knocks your socks off, stands your hair on end, sears the retina and leaves you gasping.’
    • ‘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 thought of spending thirty days in a glass tank with up to 2700 of them was enough to set my hair on end.’
    upright, erect, perpendicular, plumb, on end, standing, upstanding, bolt upright, upended
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