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.
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."