The tendrils at the ends move with a life of their own, straining to be joined.
Hewing to principle is difficult, because it makes party whips angry, spoils dinner parties, and ends careers and friendships.
On cable, politicians and pundits are forever declaring that the American people agree with them, as if that ends the argument.
I believed the ends of what I was doing were so great and important.
But then, through a series of calamities typical of The Comeback, she ends up auditioning for the show…and gets the part.
To outwit them was his first thought, but he must defeat their ends if it cost him his life.
You needn't think you'll ever get away from me—I'll follow you to the ends of the earth.
This process of spoiling begins with the mothers, and ends with the young women.
I can give it you, if you (p. 269) wish it, for it is at my fingers' ends.
In its ends are slots, and in its center is a hole so that the ¼ in.
Old English ende "end, conclusion, boundary, district, species, class," from Proto-Germanic *andja (cf. Old Frisian enda, Old Dutch ende, Dutch einde, Old Norse endir "end;" Old High German enti "top, forehead, end," German ende, Gothic andeis "end"), originally "the opposite side," from PIE *antjo "end, boundary," from root *ant- "opposite, in front of, before" (see ante).
Original sense of "outermost part" is obsolete except in phrase ends of the earth. Sense of "destruction, death" was in Old English. Meaning "division or quarter of a town" was in Old English. The end "the last straw, the limit" (in a disparaging sense) is from 1929.
The phrase end run is first attested 1902 in U.S. football; extended to military tactics in World War II; general figurative sense is from 1968. End time in reference to the end of the world is from 1917. To end it all "commit suicide" is attested by 1911. Be-all and end-all is from Shakespeare ("Macbeth" I.vii.5).
Worldly wealth he cared not for, desiring onely to make both ends meet. [Thomas Fuller, "The History of the Worthies of England," 1662]