American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.)
- n. Alternative form of fag-end.
- Middle English fagge, fag, broken thread in cloth, something that hangs loose. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“My uncle Toby and the corporal had been accoutred both some time, when my father and mother enter’d, and the clock striking eleven, were that moment in motion to sally forth — but the account of this is worth more than to be wove into the fag end of the eighth (Alluding to the first edition.) volume of such a work as this. —”
“She carried "a fine Horace, which repeatedly annoyed me by tumbling in the dirt, a volume of Sully's Memoirs, and a little fag end of Spinoza, being his Tractat upon the Old Testament.”
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