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loose end

noun
1.
a part or piece left hanging, unattached, or unused:
Remind me to tack down that loose end on the stairway carpet.
2.
an unsettled detail, as of a business matter:
The arrangements have been made, except for a few loose ends.
Idioms
3.
at loose ends, in an uncertain or unsettled situation or position:
Ever since leaving the company, he's been at loose ends.
Also, at a loose end.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50
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Examples from the web for loose end
  • If you run the loose end of the cord underneath the knot, the tangle will come undone.
  • He plainly believed that it would be useful if his biographer were able to tidy up that loose end.
  • Tape the rubber band's loose end to the housing, eliminating slack.
  • The loose end pulls up the middle beta sheet, and the molecule falls apart.
  • To bead, first thread a beading needle and tie the loose end of the thread to an outside loom strand, near one end of the loom.
  • The loose end of the rope shall be tied by a bowline knot or by a round turn and a half hitch.
  • The doctor severs your intestine and attaches the loose end to the new opening in your abdomen.
  • Secure loose end of cover plate to gutter section on other side of expansion joint by a loose-locked slip joint.
  • Do something and quit sitting around trying to tie up every loose end.
  • The insects are then placed in the tube, and the loose end of the tube is tied.
British Dictionary definitions for loose end

loose end

noun
1.
a detail that is left unsettled, unexplained, or incomplete
2.
at a loose end, without purpose or occupation
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