a part or piece left hanging, unattached, or unused: Remind me to tack down that loose end on the stairway carpet.
an unsettled detail, as of a business matter: The arrangements have been made, except for a few loose ends.
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at loose ends, in an uncertain or unsettled situation or position: Ever since leaving the company, he's been at loose ends.Also at a loose end.
Origin of loose end
First recorded in 1540–50
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British Dictionary definitions for loose ends
a detail that is left unsettled, unexplained, or incomplete
at a loose end without purpose or occupation
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Idioms and Phrases with loose ends
Unfinished details, incomplete business. For example, We've not quite finished the project; there are still some loose ends. This expression alludes to the ends of a rope or cable that should be fastened. [Mid-1800s] Also see at loose ends.
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