the ultimate purpose, object, or conclusion: Money is the be-all and end-all of his existence.
something that brings things to such an end or conclusion.
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How to use end-all in a sentence
On the contrary, it used to be the be-all, end-all of hip-hop journalism.It Was All a Dream: Drama, Bullshit, and the Rebirth of The Source Magazine | Alex Suskind | October 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But Zane is a living example of how the medical community is not the end-all of knowledge.Feeding Tubes, NICU, One-on-One Care: Susan Hatfield Talks About Living With Her Trisomy 18 Baby | Susan Hatfield | February 1, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
But in terms of what is important for me as an individual, do I want gay marriage to be the be-all end-all?
It was never classification, diagnosis, and nomenclature as the end-all of Botany.
He could have done better if he had enjoyed himself less; but was not enjoyment the be-all and end-all of this little life?Lucretia, Complete | Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Mere representation, therefore, is with him the be-all and the end-all of art.Theodore Watts-Dunton | James Douglas
The partial statement of natural development takes the primitive powers in an alleged spontaneous development as the end-all.Democracy and Education | John Dewey
Fifteen-year-old Trix was in that stage when the Oxford examination seems the end-all and be-all of existence.The Fortunes of the Farrells | Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
British Dictionary definitions for end-all
short for be-all and end-all
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