- 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.
- 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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- a detail that is left unsettled, unexplained, or incomplete
- at a loose end without purpose or occupation
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