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bookend

[boo k-end]
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noun
  1. a support placed at the end of a row of books to hold them upright, usually used in pairs.
  2. one of two things occurring or located at either end of something else: two events that served as bookends to my career.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to occur or be located at the beginning and end of: His term in office was bookended by crises.
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Origin of bookend

First recorded in 1905–10; book + end1
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  • Before I could follow, Nan had dropped the bookend and flung herself into my arms.

    The Scapegoat

    Richard Maples