be-all and end-all, the
The most important element or purpose, as in Buying a house became the be-all and end-all for the newlyweds. Shakespeare used this idiom in Macbeth (1:6), where Macbeth muses that “this blow might be the be-all and the end-all” for his replacing Duncan as king. [Late 1500s]
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I presume the twenty-five or thirty miles at this end is unhealthy, even for natives, but it surely need not be so.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
On to Gaba Tepe just in time to see the opening, the climax and the end of the dreaded Turkish counter attack.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
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He wanted to tell her that if she called her father, it would mean the end of everything for them, but he withheld this.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
Under the internal pressure his whiskers stood on end and his face grew red.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden