[ end-awl ]
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  1. the ultimate purpose, object, or conclusion: Money is the be-all and end-all of his existence.

  2. something that brings things to such an end or conclusion.

Origin of end-all

First recorded in 1595–1605

Words Nearby end-all

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How to use end-all in a sentence

  • 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.

  • 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



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