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[boo k-end] /ˈbʊkˌɛnd/
a support placed at the end of a row of books to hold them upright, usually used in pairs.
one of two things occurring or located at either end of something else:
two events that served as bookends to my career.
verb (used with object)
to occur or be located at the beginning and end of:
His term in office was bookended by crises.
Origin of bookend
1905-10; book + end1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for bookend
  • Those two references seem to bookend a fundamental question about the impulse of faith.
  • There's been a lot of talk this past week about the two horses which bookend the field.
  • The show, she says, will open and close with comedy segments that will bookend an appearance by one celebrity or author a night.
  • Notable on radar was a bookend vortex on the northern extent of this line.
  • Seeing the bookend scenarios was helpful to understand the policy choices.
  • Loosen the bookend if necessary and carefully slide the adjacent books out of the way.
  • Vertical supply and exhaust-service cores bookend each suite.
  • The first bookend sets toll rates sufficient to manage traffic flows and prevent congestion.
Slang definitions & phrases for bookend


  1. : two black bodyguards, macho bookends
  2. (also bookend ad) A television commercial having two parts, separated by other unrelated commercials: Bookends are intriguing to people because they set up a scenario

To precede and follow; bracket: all this is somehow bookended by the secret, shadow manuscripts of his mother and his wife/ eight big star duets, book-ended by solo performances (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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