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fag end

the last part or very end of something:
the fag end of a rope.
the unfinished end of a piece of cloth; remnant.
Origin of fag end
First recorded in 1605-15 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for fag end

fag end

the last and worst part, esp when it is of little use
(Brit, informal) the stub of a cigarette
Word Origin
C17: see fag²
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fag end

noun phrase

The useless, dreary, or extreme end of something: The fag ends of my days are irretrievably grungy

[1622+; origin uncertain; one early sense of fag was ''end, dragging end,'' and in the earliest dated example fag end means ''ass end''; later use influenced by fag, ''cigarette, cigarette butt,'' found by 1888]

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