from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Complete termination.
- n. the primary or only purpose or goal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That which ends all; conclusion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the ultimate goal
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"Rightly or wrongly, these economies 'manufacturers are acutely sensitive to the exchange rate, and in thin-margin businesses, it tends to be the be-all and end-all of considerations," he said.
I think this draft that's coming up is a milestone, not the be-all and end-all, but I think it's a milestone towards the book I actually meant to write.
But an economy is a complex system and I was not prescribing any end-all solution, just offering my opinion of ONE of the things that would help.
Still, some evidence suggests that kinship is not the be-all and end-all it is often believed to be.
While ad buys are a very good indicator of where the most competitive races are, they aren't always foolproof, and shouldn't be seen as the end-all, be-all in determining the state of the play in the House.
(Note: UZR/150 is not a be-all, end-all statistic, just one measure.)
We don't respect teachers, which is why we turn to standardized testing as the be-all and end-all of evaluation.
If science is the be-all and end-all of space exploration, then scrap Cxp for sure -- and Shuttle and DIRECT and ISS and anything else that could put all those pesky humans up there to interfere with collecting the numbers.
In context (but neo-McCarthyist hysterics like Potter don't fuss too much about context), Gose was pointing out, if perhaps a little clumsily, that the putative interests of Jewish students, for whom the over-protective Frank Dimant was presuming to speak, are not the be-all and the end-all.
I think it's rather arrogant to imply that humans are the be-all and end-all to this issue.