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back end

(Northern English, dialect) autumn
(of money, costs, etc) required or incurred after a project has been completed
Word Origin
from the phrase the back end of the year
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  • Lay a block of wood at the back end and some small sticks on top, so the animal will have to crawl under E to get the bait.

    Deadfalls and Snares A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
  • You could get behind the counter only by a swinging gate at the back end.

    The Old Tobacco Shop William Bowen
  • The spindle is of tool steel 31⁄2 inches in diameter at the front bearing, tapering uniformly 3⁄4 inch per foot to the back end.

  • There are twenty-two men on it, thirteen at the front end, and nine at the back end.

    Rollo on the Rhine Jacob Abbott
  • At the back end of a badly lighted store a circle of white men and boys had formed around an old-fashioned, egg-shaped stove.

    Birthright T.S. Stribling

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