come to an end


Conclude, terminate, as in the familiar proverb, All things come to an end, stated by Geoffrey Chaucer in Troilus and Cressida (c. 1374).


come to a bad end; come to no good. Have a bad outcome or die in an unpleasant way. For example, I always suspected this venture would come to no good, or Her parents feared he would come to a bad end.


come to or meet an untimely end. Die at a young age, terminate much sooner than desired or expected. For example, The blow was fatal, causing the young boxer to meet an untimely end, or Our partnership came to an untimely end when I became too ill to work. Also see dead end.

Nearby words

  1. come round,
  2. come through,
  3. come to,
  4. come to a halt,
  5. come to a head,
  6. come to blows,
  7. come to grief,
  8. come to grips with,
  9. come to life,
  10. come to light

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