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[boo k-end] /ˈbʊkˌɛnd/
a support placed at the end of a row of books to hold them upright, usually used in pairs.
one of two things occurring or located at either end of something else:
two events that served as bookends to my career.
verb (used with object)
to occur or be located at the beginning and end of:
His term in office was bookended by crises.
Origin of bookend
First recorded in 1905-10; book + end1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Before I could follow, Nan had dropped the bookend and flung herself into my arms.

    The Scapegoat Richard Maples
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  1. : two black bodyguards, macho bookends
  2. (also bookend ad) A television commercial having two parts, separated by other unrelated commercials: Bookends are intriguing to people because they set up a scenario


To precede and follow; bracket: all this is somehow bookended by the secret, shadow manuscripts of his mother and his wife/ eight big star duets, book-ended by solo performances (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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