loose end

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  1. a part or piece left hanging, unattached, or unused: Remind me to tack down that loose end on the stairway carpet.

  2. an unsettled detail, as of a business matter: The arrangements have been made, except for a few loose ends.

Idioms about loose end

  1. 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

Words Nearby loose end

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How to use loose end in a sentence

  • And like the young professional man at a loose end, I made a pretence of looking through papers.

    Jaffery | William J. Locke
  • Then I sat down at a loose end, very much like a young professional man, doctor or estate-agent, waiting for the next client.

    Jaffery | William J. Locke
  • The string's tangled up about as bad as it was before, but I believe you're gettin' hold of the loose end.

    The Wreckers | Francis Lynde
  • The loose end of the tracing line, about an inch thick, was hanging near me.

British Dictionary definitions for loose end

loose end

  1. a detail that is left unsettled, unexplained, or incomplete

  2. at a loose end without purpose or occupation

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