loose-end

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:
1540–50

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

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