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tag end

the last or final part of something:
They came in at the tag end of the performance.
a random scrap, fragment, or remnant.
Origin of tag end
First recorded in 1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There was just a tag end of a radio call, that ended in a shot.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • It was the tag end o' June—an' in June cemeteries seems like somewheres else.

    Friendship Village Zona Gale
  • This came at the tag end of the storm,—on the third day, in fact.

    West Wind Drift George Barr McCutcheon
  • Women have been used to getting more or less the tag end of things for some thousands of years.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • It was Major Putnam Stone, and as he entered the door he caught the tag end of what one of us was saying.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • There were two out, a man on first and the tag end of the batting list was in sight.

    The Crimson Sweater

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • There'll be a tag end of the afternoon when Pontifex hath done his worst, and I—wish to do something else.

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
  • As a last resort, Stearns had secured the postponement of the two miles to the tag end of the afternoon.

    On Your Mark! Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The parcel found in the brickfield was tied up with a tag end of tape and a bit of a dirty apron string.

  • And now nothing at all left but a tag end, a bit of the peroration, the last words of the final summing-up.

    The Golden Butterfly Walter Besant
British Dictionary definitions for tag end

tag end

the last part of something: the tag end of the day
a loose end of cloth, thread, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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