[ book-end ]
/ ˈbʊkˌɛnd /
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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.
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How to use bookend in a sentence
The book-end nuclear threats from North Korea and Iran come first to mind.Obama's Next Six Crises|Leslie H. Gelb|September 11, 2009|DAILY BEAST
If you are going to make a book end badly, it must end badly from the beginning.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
Who was to draw great and successful authors to the book end of the house?The "Genius"|Theodore Dreiser
British Dictionary definitions for bookend
one of a pair of usually ornamental supports for holding a row of books upright
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