weak ending

  1. a verse ending in which the metrical stress falls on a word or syllable that would not be stressed in natural utterance, as a preposition, the object of which is carried over to the next line.

Origin of weak ending

First recorded in 1855–60

Words Nearby weak ending

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How to use weak ending in a sentence

  • It was the best effort they could make to retrieve the day, a weak ending to so magnificent a scheme.

    Harvard Stories | Waldron Kintzing Post
  • One might sum up the Stepmother as a weak ending to a strong beginning.

    Balzac | Frederick Lawton