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.

Origin of end-all

First recorded in 1595–1605
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Related Words for end-all

clincher, knockout, deathblow, end-all

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Contemporary Examples of end-all

Historical Examples of end-all

  • But remember that the be-all and the end-all of Ifugao existence is the family, and not the individual.

    Ifugao Law

    R. F. Burton

  • You think Rugger and such like the be-all and end-all of our existence.

    John Brown

    Captain R. W. Campbell

  • This is the be-all and end-all of his mission,—to make them acquainted with themselves.

    Creed And Deed

    Felix Adler

  • Mere representation, therefore, is with him the be-all and the end-all of art.

  • That is the be-all and the end-all of her ladyship's love for flowers.

British Dictionary definitions for end-all



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