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be-all and end-all

[bee-awl uh nd end-awl] /ˈbiˌɔl ənd ˈɛndˌɔl/
the central and all-important part:
His work was the be-all and end-all of his existence.
Origin of be-all and end-all
1595-1605 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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British Dictionary definitions for be-all and end-all

be-all and end-all

noun (informal)
the ultimate aim or justification: to provide help for others is the be-all and end-all of this group
(often jocular) a person or thing considered to be beyond improvement
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Slang definitions & phrases for be-all and end-all



The mouth, esp regarded as a speech organ The meaning shifted from ''horn, trumpet'' in phrases like ''blow one's own bazoo'' and ''the silvery tinkle of his bazoo,'' attested in the mid-1800s: if you would close that big bazoo

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shoot off one's mouth

[1900s+; apparently fr Dutch bazuin, ''trumpet'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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