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[end-awl] /ˈɛndˌɔl/
the ultimate purpose, object, or conclusion:
Money is the be-all and end-all of his existence.
something that brings things to such an end or conclusion.
Origin of end-all
1595-1605 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for end-all
  • Sure, it was neat piece of engineering and did quite a lot, but it's not an end-all solution and never was.
  • Still, some evidence suggests that kinship is not the be-all and end-all it is often believed to be.
  • Biological parenthood in a nuclear family need not be the be-all and end-all of womanhood-and in fact it increasingly is not.
  • It's held up as the be-all, end-all of the research career, even though it's a rarity for nearly all students.
  • For example, freedom, democracy etc are not the be-all and end-all.
  • In fact, it is touted as the be-all end-all to the exclusion of everything else.
  • Education is important, but not a be-all and end-all of it.
  • We realized that marketing in that situation is the end-all be-all of a capitalist society.
British Dictionary definitions for end-all


short for be-all and end-all
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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