I wanted to make both ends meet, and found the process a rather dull one.
But in spite of their endeavours, they failed to make both ends meet.
He is an entirely sober, industrious fellow, but I know he has had a hard time to make both ends meet.
She was alone in the world and often had a struggle to make both ends meet.
He had seen better times, but nowadays it was always a hard struggle to make both ends meet, to pay the landlord and to live.
A Feat in Contortion: To make both ends meet on $8 per week.
Look at his tenants—not a real farmer among 'em, no, and not one as can make both ends meet.
When Nature cannot make both ends meet, she diminishes her girth.
They worked hard and constantly to make both ends meet without help, and they were content to take things as they came.
But she cannot make both ends meet, she says, and then she has to come to me.
Old English ende "end, conclusion, boundary, district, species, class," from Proto-Germanic *andja (cf. Old Frisian enda, Old Dutch ende, Dutch einde, Old Norse endir "end;" Old High German enti "top, forehead, end," German ende, Gothic andeis "end"), originally "the opposite side," from PIE *antjo "end, boundary," from root *ant- "opposite, in front of, before" (see ante).
Original sense of "outermost part" is obsolete except in phrase ends of the earth. Sense of "destruction, death" was in Old English. Meaning "division or quarter of a town" was in Old English. The end "the last straw, the limit" (in a disparaging sense) is from 1929.
The phrase end run is first attested 1902 in U.S. football; extended to military tactics in World War II; general figurative sense is from 1968. End time in reference to the end of the world is from 1917. To end it all "commit suicide" is attested by 1911. Be-all and end-all is from Shakespeare ("Macbeth" I.vii.5).
Worldly wealth he cared not for, desiring onely to make both ends meet. [Thomas Fuller, "The History of the Worthies of England," 1662]
in Heb. 13:7, is the rendering of the unusual Greek word _ekbasin_, meaning "outcome", i.e., death. It occurs only elsewhere in 1 Cor. 10:13, where it is rendered "escape."