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be-all

n.

see be.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • The whole moral code was rendered impotent by them, while ceremonial cleansing was the be-all and end-all of their system.

  • This is the be-all and end-all of his mission,—to make them acquainted with themselves.

    Creed And Deed Felix Adler
  • Literary proficiency ranked as the be-all and end-all of existence.

  • As an end-all and be-all of geographical knowledge it is fatally restricted.

  • You think Rugger and such like the be-all and end-all of our existence.

    John Brown Captain R. W. Campbell
  • Then he had conceived the old hectic life the only one worth knowing, the be-all and end-all of modern felicity.

    The Valiants of Virginia Hallie Erminie Rives
  • Mere representation, therefore, is with him the be-all and the end-all of art.

    Theodore Watts-Dunton James Douglas
  • And thus the caste-prescribed trade becomes the be-all and the end-all of life.

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