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tag end

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noun
  1. the last or final part of something: They came in at the tag end of the performance.
  2. a random scrap, fragment, or remnant.

Origin of tag end

First recorded in 1810–20
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Examples from the Web for tag end

Historical Examples

  • Are you not ashamed of yourself to keep this news for a tag-end?

    I, Thou, and the Other One

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • But what I object to most is the 'let-down' at the tag-end of each of these yarns.

    The Wood Fire in No. 3

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • I'm about the tag-end of our set, anyhow, in matters of dress.

  • Anvhar was his universe—how could he even imagine it as a tag-end planet at the outer limb of creation?

    Planet of the Damned

    Harry Harrison

  • Everything, and she dug impatiently in the sand with scooping fingers—everything has been left at a tag-end.

    The Angel of Pain

    E. F. Benson


British Dictionary definitions for tag end

tag end

noun
  1. the last part of somethingthe tag end of the day
  2. a loose end of cloth, thread, etc
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