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  • n. last remnant
  • n. frayed end of a length of cloth or rope
  • n. The unsmoked end of a cigarette or cigar

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An end of poorer quality, or in a spoiled condition, as the coarser end of a web of cloth, the untwisted end of a rope, etc.
  • n. The refuse or meaner part of anything.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The end of a web of cloth where it is secured to the loom and is therefore rough and unfinished and disfigured with holes. It is customary to allow purchasers to exclude it from the measurement of what they buy.
  • n. The latter or meaner part of anything; the very end: used in contempt.
  • n. Nautical, the untwisted end of a rope.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the frayed end of a length of cloth or rope
  • n. the time of the last part of something


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  • I thanked the magistrate for the abridgment of justice with which he had deigned to favour me, and was getting to the fag end of my compliment, when the muleteer arrived, with an attendant before and behind.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 1 ch. 12

    September 12, 2008

  • See reef-point for a usage note. A Sea of Words: The last part or remnant; the end of a rope, especially a frayed end. (192)

    March 6, 2008