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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The frayed end of a length of cloth or rope.
  • n. An inferior or worn-out remnant.
  • n. The last part: "the fag end of this crisis-ridden century” ( Wallace Irwin, Jr.)

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  • n. Alternative form of fag-end.

Etymologies

Middle English fagge, fag, broken thread in cloth, something that hangs loose.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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