Meaning of END in English

END

I. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a marriage ends in divorce

Five years later, their marriage ended in divorce.

a marriage ends

Her three marriages all ended in divorce.

a means to an end (= something you do only to achieve a result, not because you want to do it or because it is important )

Many of the students saw the course as a means to an end: a way of getting a good job.

a nightmare ends

We just want this nightmare to end!

a sad ending

The film has a sad ending.

a verb ending (= the end part of a verb, which changes to show tense or person )

"-ed" is a regular past tense verb ending.

an era ends

The era of cheap oil has ended.

at opposite ends of the country (= a long distance apart )

They work at opposite ends of the country , so only see each other at weekends.

at the opposite end of the scale/spectrum

two parties at opposite ends of the political spectrum

at the top/bottom/end etc (of sth)

At the top of the stairs, she paused.

box end wrench

bring sth to an end/halt (= especially sth bad )

It is our resonsibility to discuss how this conflict can be brought to an end.

Broadway/West End musical (= one that is performed in New York’s or London’s important theatres )

Carroll appeared in a number of Broadway musicals.

business end

the business end of a gun

call for an end to sth

Demonstrators have called for an end to the fighting.

cancel/end/terminate a contract

The buyer has three days in which to cancel the contract.

come to an abrupt end/halt etc

The bus came to an abrupt halt.

come to/reach a dead end

The negotiations have reached a dead end.

dead end

The negotiations have reached a dead end.

East End

end a nightmare

He longed for something to end the nightmare.

end game

end in chaos

The game ended in chaos with thunder and heavy rain.

end in disaster

By the late 1990s his career had ended in disaster.

end in tragedy

The all-night fishing trip ended in tragedy for the four men after their boat ran aground.

end in/result in failure

A series of rescue attempts ended in failure.

end product

a high-quality end product

end result

If tasks are too challenging, the end result is that learners are discouraged.

end speculation

Smith has ended speculation about his future by signing a new contract.

end the day (= do something at the end of a day )

We ended the day at a little restaurant by the beach.

end up in the poorhouse

If Jimmy keeps spending like this, he’s going to end up in the poorhouse .

end user

end zone

end/break off a relationship

She was very upset when I ended the relationship.

end/call off a strike (= decide not to continue with it )

The strike was called off two days later.

ended in a draw

The match ended in a draw .

ended in stalemate

The discussions with the miners’ union ended in stalemate .

end/lift/raise a siege (= end a siege )

end/outlaw discrimination

The purpose of the law is to end discrimination in the workplace.

ends in miscarriage

One in five pregnancies ends in miscarriage .

fag end

fairytale ending

The kiss was a fairytale ending to the evening.

fitting end

a fitting end to what was a memorable trip

from beginning to end

The whole project was full of problems from beginning to end.

happy ending

The story has a happy ending , however.

ignominious end

an ignominious end to his career

lift/end an embargo (= stop an embargo )

Britain favours lifting the embargo on humanitarian grounds.

loose ends...tied up (= dealt with or completed )

We’ve nearly finished, but there are still a few loose ends to be tied up .

mark the end of

These elections mark the end of an era.

odds and ends

He didn’t keep much in his desk – just a few odds and ends.

opposite ends of the spectrum

The two articles here represent opposite ends of the spectrum .

reach the end

Some of these power stations are reaching the end of their useful life.

signal the start/beginning/end of sth

the lengthening days that signal the end of winter

split ends

talks end

The talks ended without a settlement being reached.

the back/end of the queue

Get to the back of the queue!

the beginning/end of an era

The closure of the last coal mine marked the end of an era in Wales.

the beginning/end of the recession

The Chancellor is confident that we shall see the end of the recession in the next few months.

the beginning/end/middle of the month

You’ll receive your wages at the end of the month.

the end justifies the means (= the result you achieve is more important than the way you do it )

It’s too bad if people get hurt - the end justifies the means.

the end of a chapter

The answers are given at the end of the chapter.

the end of a scale (= the top or bottom )

At the other end of the scale, the youngest competitor was just sixteen years old.

the end of term

We had a party at the end of term.

the end of the year

Work should finish around the end of the year.

the end of year/term exam BrE:

I knew I had to do well in the end of year exams.

the end of...epoch

The king’s death marked the end of an epoch .

the end/close of the century

He was writing his books towards the end of the 19th century.

the end/final result (= the result at the end of a long process )

The end result will be well worth the effort.

the other side/end/direction etc

You can park on the other side of the street.

He lives at the other end of the road.

She drove off in the other direction.

the shallow end

the shallow end of the pool

the similarity ends (= there are no other similarities )

Both artists work on a small scale, but there the similarity ends.

the very end

To the very end of his life he remained a controversial figure.

there the resemblance ends (= they are not similar in any other way )

They are both strong-minded women, but there the resemblance ends.

untimely end

The announcement brought the meeting to an untimely end .

using...for...own ends

Gerald had been using her for his own ends .

West End

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

deep

The adventurer in at the deep end having briefly annexed the Omette Coleman quartet with Don Cherry.

While playing, the boys unwittingly moved into the deeper end which extended down nine feet, he said.

She was at the deep end of the pool when Felipe suddenly surfaced beside her.

She had been thrown in at the deep end and it was a question of sink or swim.

There were times when I would come over from the well and just kick in the deep end .

So these dare devils have got 6 months to dry out before diving in at the deep end once again.

She was immediately thrown in at the deep end when one of her young clients, Lucy Gates, died.

far

Cosmologists call the far end of time the c-boundary.

Everything was silent except the gurgling of paddles and the muffled shouts from the far end of town.

They crossed over quietly enough, Athelstan smiling as he passed through the gateway at the far end on to Fish Street Hill.

Later, Kathy pushed back the blankets and moved off to-ward the railing at the far end of the porch.

From the far end of the corridor came the sound of angry dispute.

His clothes lay in a lump at the far end of the couch.

The far end of the arena was opening, however.

The tip of its tail at the far end of the concrete pool could had been in a different county.

loose

They are all currently at a loose end , and loose ends are so easily snipped off.

But when the loose ends begin to jell, Smith is back on track with an interesting story.

Joey Bonanza doesn't like loose ends .

Rhoda had died a year or two ago, and we had heard that Ralph was at loose ends .

The many loose ends and unanswered questions continue to prolong their suffering.

He could not tell whether they were broken ends , or perhaps the loose ends from underwater knots that had come undone.

He's at a loose end and I'd be enormously proud to introduce you.

The loose end was not splintered and cracked, but neatly finished.

opposite

As before, any shaping must be conducted at the opposite end of the knitting to the carriage.

Lonnie and Alfred occupied opposite ends of the spectrum.

For a long time now your granda and me have been living at opposite ends of this flat.

Ezra joined him wordlessly and stepped up to the opposite end of a full barrel and dragged it to the gangway.

Our cottage stood in a field at the opposite end of the village from the smallholding the Guérigny family used to work.

But commentators from the opposite end of the political spectrum are virtually excluded from the national discourse, especially on network television.

Usually these styles are presented as opposite ends of a continuum.

Even in their attitudes toward men they were at opposite ends of the pole.

other

The voice at the other end was light, gentle, diffident.

He paused by the window seat, a replica of one he had noticed at the other end of the gallery.

At the other end of the political spectrum from the new classical school are the various Marxist schools.

She lives here in the village, at the other end .

The situation at the other end must have been grave to warrant such an effort.

Then I realized he wasn't stopping outside Sunil's house, but carrying on to the other end of the road.

At the other end of the constellation is Beta, near Rigel and only 5 degrees south of the celestial equator.

So, of course, is Paul Terry at the other end .

very

It was such a jolly little lighthouse, white, and standing at the very end of a promontory.

Yet Hassan was at the very end of his patience.

The village church, tucked away at the very end of a winding leafy lane, is dedicated to St Mary.

His room lay at the very end of the corridor, beyond the locked doors of closets and bedrooms and attic steps.

These pointed fingers were adjusted to be my guide and, apart from the very ends of each cut, were quite reliable.

The coins, therefore, should give a good indication of examples in circulation at the very end of the fourth century.

That is, until the very end of the interview.

The Pfizer's Thanet Coastal Marathon has painfully earned its reputation of saving the worst until the very end of the race.

■ NOUN

east

Work has so far concentrated on the east end .

Merchants on the east end , near College Avenue, are also rolling up their sleeves.

The east end is apsidal with three polygonal apses and there is a later bell tower at the south side.

The concert stage spans the width of the room at the far east end .

At the west end is a beautiful pointed window, and at the east end three lancet windows.

James, a shopping center, is at the east end of Princes Street.

At the east end is a rectangular choir and later apse.

The basilican Cathedral has a double-aisled nave, transepts and apsidal east end .

west

Some churches have further domes over the west end .

The original loft had been taken down and the balustrade removed to the west end to form a gallery.

Many of these have tall towers, sometimes with spires, generally set at the west end .

When my father was growing up, they lived in the west end of Chicago and they were poor.

She is married and lives in the west end of Glasgow.

Apart from the west end , Antwerp cathedral is exceptionally difficult to view.

■ VERB

achieve

To what extent should pressure groups be allowed to use the courts to achieve their desired ends ?

Among organizations that regularly fail to achieve their ends , this is precisely what happens.

Both had been determined to overcome authoritarian rule from Addis Ababa and had worked closely together to achieve this end .

In low slack systems, vigorous competition in the environment prevents managers from easily tailoring their activities to achieve personal ends .

Whether Innocent could have achieved his ends earlier or by better means must in the final analysis be a matter of opinion.

He said the Treasury is trying to achieve its ends in the least burdensome way possible.

Coleridge uses his poetic creativity to achieve his end , questioning, exploring and explaining.

Now the government is trying another policy designed to achieve the same end .

beginning

The gruelling fight with Johnny Love was also the beginning of the end for Jimmy's fighting career.

A closed loop is a self-contained unit that has no identifiable beginning or end , like a circle or an integrated circuit.

Chaos is all around us now, but the leader knows that chaos is the beginning , not the end .

The beginning and the end of my account are not in Virgil.

One thing was clear: time could have neither beginning nor end , time and space were eternal.

Would this be the beginning of the end of the regime?

That, according to a 150-page draft report, was the beginning of the end .

However, instead of spiraling downward, these people saw their negative feelings as a beginning , not the end .

bring

This would not bring an instant end to the island's problems.

Vicary is expected to step off the stand today, bringing an end to testimony in the four-month trial.

Catastrophic engine failure brought to an end supersonic airliner Concorde's enviable safety record on Tuesday.

The meeting, which seemed about to degenerate into physical violence, was brought to a precipitous end .

But it did not bring an end to the speculation and confusion which was rending the civilized world.

But perhaps Governor Clinton's most remarkable achievement will have been bringing to an end the Reagan-Bush years.

Mutual consent An employment contract may be brought to an end by the mutual consent of the parties.

Only clarity now and toughness, where needed, can bring it to an end .

come

It was a great regret to me that our partnership was to come to an end .

In my experience, people who tried to attain their ends by covert means came to unfortunate ends.

Perceptions of Labour chances remained more predictable, though they too became rather more homogeneous as the campaign came to an end .

Up ahead the route comes to an end in a box canyon.

In this respect he is something like a general on a battlefield - except that the battle never comes to an end .

Love will never come to an end .

The partners remain sanguine about speculation that their tenure of the company they founded is coming to an end .

But nothing repeals the reality that the end will come .

mark

Bonnyrigg Station marks the end of the route.

Few cliches are used as improperly as the contention that a certain event marks the end of an era.

Surely this marked the end of the scandal?

But this marks the end of the Bruce McNall era.

Its destruction marred the prince's reputation, and it marked the end of his military career.

The Senate vote marked the end of a long and contentious battle over the minimum wage that began last year when Sen.

Birmingham on 1 and 2 August 1838 saw a celebration to mark the end of apprenticeship.

What is known is barren and marks the end not the beginning.

put

The general theoretical discussion on concepts and definitions is therefore - perhaps surprisingly - put at the end .

His heat scorched her, and unbearably stretched nerves urged her to turn and put an end to this agony of wanting.

That puts an end to all feeling of grievance, and so inner talking is cut off at its source.

Judge Frossard, it seems, wanted to put an end to the inertia.

I knew it would be up to me to put an end to them.

There had to be some way of putting an end to his domineering activities.

I put points on the ends of the pieces.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

I/he etc will never hear the end of it

a means to an end

Technology is not a magic wand, but only a means to an end.

Admittedly, policy is important: but it is only a means to an end.

All in all, everything I did was a means to an end -- my own.

Don't think of computers as a daunting modern technology; they're only a means to an end.

Protection is vital: but as a means to an end, not as an end in itself.

Showbiz was a means to an end.

The separation into sequential categories of response is merely a means to an end.

The young man was merely a means to an end and, in both cases, that end had now been served.

These should be viewed as a means to an end, rather than as ends in themselves.

all's well that ends well

be at a loose end

After her husband died, Mildred found herself suddenly at loose ends.

I felt rather at a loose end at the end of the term so I decided to take a trip to London.

Bert, Alice was pleased to see, missed Jasper, tended to be at a loose end.

He was at a loose end.

One's best friend's cousin's daughter might well be at a loose end after leaving art college.

Rhoda had died a year or two ago, and we had heard that Ralph was at loose ends.

So, through no fault of my own, I was at a loose end quite a bit.

They'd be at a loose end when it was over, which would be the time to approach them.

be at the end of your tether

I had no money, my husband was sick, and I couldn't get a job. I was at the end of my tether .

be at your wits' end

I'm at my wits' end trying to fix this computer.

I don't know what I can do to keep our marriage together -- I'm at my wits' end!

It was two days before the baby was due, and Robert was at his wit's end.

be at/near etc the end of your rope

be on the sharp end (of sth)

be on/at the receiving end (of sth)

I know how it feels to be on the receiving end of that.

On the other there was the undoubted fact that we would be on the receiving end.

Otherwise, his supply unit would be on the receiving end of a simulated bomb or Tomahawk cruise missile.

Talk show hosts can also be on the receiving end of questions.

This is often best done in conjunction with those who are going to be on the receiving end of an appraisal interview.

Today it was my turn to be on the receiving end.

What was it like to be on the receiving end?

You didn't have to be a client or a famous face to be on the receiving end.

burn the candle at both ends

Back in the twenties, the Millay sisters were known in New York society for burning the candle at both ends.

come to/meet a sticky end

I can't help but think that it's an unfortunate custom to name children after people who come to sticky ends.

dead-end job

draw to a close/end

As the decade drew to a close, it was evident that consumers were fed up.

As the General's visit ended, the competition drew to a close.

As the singing draws to a close, the cousins urge her to make a wish.

But Enterprise Neptune has not drawn to an end with the successful completion of its Silver Jubilee year.

He used to long for his holidays and grow deeply depressed when they drew to an end.

The last of the wine is poured; the meal draws to a close.

The long gray afternoon drew to a close.

The year 1968 drew to a close and with it the life of Londonderry Corporation.

either side/end/hand etc

A pipe-freezing kit makes two plugs of ice either side of the joint so that you can cut through the pipes.

A trained work elephant then moved up on either side, rather like tugs docking a ship.

Fry bacon, turning until brown and crisp, about 2-3 minutes either side.

On either side of each barrier it leaves similar pockets of high and low cloud cover, of arid and lush terrain.

On either side of the road are groves of guava trees.

The guns chattered out either side of our Huey.

The hall takes up the central bay through the two storeys; the dining- and drawing-rooms are on either side.

White dunes made walls on either side of them.

end of story

Another good restaurant bites the dust -- end of story , right?

Mark a ballot, lick a stamp: end of story .

The fish will get their wheatgerm this autumn, end of story .

end/finish/begin etc (sth) on a high note

extreme west/end/left etc

But the extreme ends of the continent seem afflicted with retro-chic shallowness when it comes to cocktails.

Developing your film To get your film developed you need to go to the extreme left of the upper level.

Evictions are the extreme end of the bailiff's duties.

Moving down to the extreme left he was discovered by the enemy, and a full battery opened upon him.

Passage is possible through the branches on the extreme left.

Roots and leafless bushes stuck up wildly at the extreme end of the strip.

So why was she tempted to invent such an extreme ending?

The extreme left doors date from 1948, the work of Arrigo Menerbi, showing the tribulations of early Christians.

get (hold of) the wrong end of the stick

get the wrong end of the stick

Maybe I got the wrong end of the stick. I thought she was leaving him, not the other way round.

go off at the deep end

it'll (all) end in tears

jump/be thrown in at the deep end

light at the end of the tunnel

After a year of declining profits, there's finally a light at the end of the tunnel.

After all the problems we've had we're finally beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel.

For Jane there is some light at the end of the tunnel, but many anorexia sufferers continue to suffer in silence.

loose ends

But when the loose ends begin to jell, Smith is back on track with an interesting story.

He could not tell whether they were broken ends, or perhaps the loose ends from underwater knots that had come undone.

It certainly seemed as though he was tying up all the loose ends of his life.

Joey Bonanza doesn't like loose ends.

Nothing remained but to tie up the loose ends of the dispute.

The many loose ends and unanswered questions continue to prolong their suffering.

There were still loose ends in her working week so her sister Sarah took it upon herself to tie them up.

Unlike real life, the classic mystery has no loose ends.

make sb's hair stand on end

The thought of a lawsuit was enough to make his hair stand on end.

He was so close to her, his arms brushing lightly against hers, making her hairs stand on end.

I've been hearing rumours about his methods of taming his crew ... things to make your hair stand on end.

Some of the stories people had told me in that room would make your hair stand on end.

Yet here he was expecting to play a part that would make her hair stand on end.

meet your death/end

If the ropes do jam then please remember that the great Giusto Gervasutti met his death during just such a retrieval operation.

In that position Buddha met his end.

Medieval representation of Frederick Barbarossa as a crusader, the role in which he met his death.

No officer convicted of plotting against him met his end at the hands of the firing squad.

Strange coincidence, the same place where Whitton had met his death.

The last band met its end in 1906, in the Chiricahuas.

When a herring meets its end, it is usually in the mouth of a bigger fish or a in a net.

merciful death/end/release

With the Giants leading 28-7, half-time came as a merciful relief.

And Elinor was just going to have to wait for her merciful release.

Death had been a merciful release for him.

These were the alternatives to a quick, merciful death.

Those animals put down had a merciful release.

put a stop/an end to sth

It's time the community worked together to put an end to the violence.

Her old feeling for him had returned; she was determined to put an end to his sufferings and bring him home.

It was Gloucester who chose to put an end to it.

Judge Frossard, it seems, wanted to put an end to the inertia.

Swiftly introduce new legislation to put an end to the trauma and misery suffered by child witnesses in court proceedings.

That put an end to any stunt deemed risky, Weiss says.

This trite communication put an end to Emma's overtures and she began to fade from their lives.

Thus the event of her puberty puts an end to her pure childhood.

To put an end to such exalted talk, I asked Mendl to tell me about Spats-making machinery.

storybook ending/romance etc

Well, so much for a storybook ending.

the East End

the West End

the be-all and end-all

Is food and comfort the be-all and end-all?

However, it was said that looking at the employee's base was not the be-all and end-all.

However, weight is not the be-all and end-all and you must keep a check on your general shape and fitness.

the beginning of the end

Mandela's release was the beginning of the end of apartheid.

Can this be the beginning of the end for vastly over priced computer training courses?

His death was the beginning of the end, the ultimate cause, as Rex sees it, of his own injuries.

In retrospect it is clear to me that my arrival at Salomon marked the beginning of the end of that hallowed institution.

It was the beginning of the end.

One seat: Was it the beginning of the end?

That, according to a 150-page draft report, was the beginning of the end.

The failure of those protests was the beginning of the end of a postwar dream of social transformation through political means.

Would this be the beginning of the end of the regime?

the business end (of sth)

the business end of a gun

But it was at the business end where the main difference lay.

Her hair, left to its own devices to dry, looked like the business end of a witch's broom.

the far side/end/corner etc

At the far end of the house, where her voice had faded, he heard a faucet going on.

Getting into the precarious cable car, the ebullient engineer had himself hauled to the far side and back again.

He caught a last glimpse of a grey Mercedes on the far side of the central barrier railings.

Just then, he saw some one walk out of the trees which bordered the far side of the pasture.

The Ocean-Warming Piglet Long ago, on the far side of our planet, there lived a farmer named Li-pin.

The one bed that was occupied was at the far end of the ward.

The young man at the far end of the loom glanced at Maggie, and for an instant their eyes locked.

There was a barn at the far end of the hay meadow, away from the house and the other barns.

the pot of gold (at the end of the rainbow)

the tail end of sth

At the tail end of the nineteenth century, the Viennese politician Karl Lueger founded his power base on an anti-semitic platform.

But this is the tail end of a really big set of stories about royal marriages.

Chapter 5 Saturday morning dawned late for me, and I just caught the tail end of Sport on Four.

I did catch the tail end of them in my youth.

I tie my next colour on to the tail end of the first yarn and pull it straight through.

It had been a bumpy ride, through the tail end of a thunderstorm.

It was the tail end of the season and there was no time for a full-scale tour.

They burst out into the tail end of the night.

the thin end of the wedge

tie up loose ends

His new movie will tie up some of the loose ends from the last one.

There are still a few loose ends to tie up before we have an agreement.

to the bitter end

Campaigners vowed to carry on the struggle to the bitter end.

Despite his injury, Johnson carried on playing on to the bitter end.

But a promise is a promise and we have to pursue this thing to the bitter end.

Do I intend to campaign to the bitter end?

He at least was ready to slug it out to the bitter end.

He would fight my case to the bitter end, he vowed.

Hereford left it to the bitter end to secure their 1-1 draw.

I stayed to the bitter end.

Master Yehudi always won, and he went on winning to the bitter end.

They vowed to fight to the bitter end to stop it.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

A boy was carrying a stick across his shoulders with a pail of water at each end .

Community activists are calling for an end to selling cigarettes to children.

Go to the end of the street and turn left.

He cut a thick slice from the end of the loaf.

I don't like to swim in the deep end of the pool.

I liked the story, except when the hero dies at the end .

James was with his father at the end .

Let's hope they keep their end of the bargain.

Mrs Deacon sat at one end of the long table and I sat at the other.

Racial tensions in Fiji were exaggerated for political ends by leaders of the opposition.

Rob's moving to Maine at the end of September.

She chewed the end of her pencil thoughtfully.

She works in the sales end of the company.

The demonstrators' ends do not justify their means.

Their house is located on the north end of the lake.

There are scoreboards at both ends of the stadium.

We had a huge row, which marked the end of our friendship.

We sat in silence at either end of a long wooden table.

We were told to go to the end of the line.

You need a long pole with a hook at one end .

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

By the end of the half, Oregon has opened a ten-point lead.

I don't know what it will be, but I shall find a way to help her in the end .

Kauffman suggests that the end of the Cold War prompted Buchanan to re-examine his political values.

Martha lovingly supported him to the end , friend and housekeeper for 25 years.

Near the end of his life Ramsey was asked which of his books he was most glad to have written.

Prices range from $ 36 at the Sierra Club Lodge to $ 300-plus at the luxury end .

The doctor closes the folder when be gets to the end , and puts Ins glasses back in his pocket.

We had five different shapes on the board by the end of the lesson.

II. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ NOUN

career

The Don ended his Test career with an average of 99.94-by far the best ever.

He came home to discover that his war injuries had also ended his boxing career .

It seems everyone is waiting for Strach to have 2 quiet games in order to start ending his career .

I fully expect that Tony will end his career with the San Diego Padres.

But his main passion was boating in Southampton Water and other waters calmer than those which had ended his active service career .

It was his aloofness, in fact, that ended his congressional career in 1992.

Defeat in the general election of 1865 ended his parliamentary career .

The point just prior to his ditching his speech and ending his career with a disastrous improvisation about roads.

day

We ended a perfect day sipping sangria at a cliffside restaurant, relaxing in the spectacular sunset.

The Dow ended the day down 4. 61 points at 6656. 08.

A perfect way to end a perfect cruise day .

The jurors, who ended their third day of deliberations Thursday, appeared in good spirits.

It ended the day 16p down to 92p, helped by a management reorganisation and strenuous management denials.

Nokia shares ended the day down 5. 2 %, for example.

He would end his days on his own terms, not as some one else's sacrifice.

More military police and an infantry division was called into action, and the riot was quickly ended the next day .

days

The eight-point accord followed 18 months of UN-sponsored peace talks, ending in 10 days of intensive negotiation in New York.

Thus, on July 1, 1862, ended seven days of almost continual fighting.

He would end his days on his own terms, not as some one else's sacrifice.

According to a different version, Hsu Fu ended his days at Shingu and was buried there.

Yet he ended his days at daily mass, even serving for the priest when the altar boy of the day overslept.

He wouldn't feed her the line that would enable her to end her days peacefully in public view.

The six-day moose hunt ends in two days .

disaster

It ends with humiliation and disaster all round.

She had known it would end in disaster .

New battles are prepared for, to end in new disasters .

The ill-fated exchange had ended in disaster .

It was an unnatural devotion which, to her mind, could end only in disaster .

divorce

Of course it won't end in divorce .

She met and moved in with Larry Flor about a year ago after her marriage ended in divorce .

But how long do you have to decide whether her adultery should end in divorce ?

One study in the early I970s indicated that only 16 percent of Catholic marriages ended in divorce .

Of every five marriages, two will end in divorce .

A marriage to a resident ended quickly in divorce .

From 1989, with around 165,000 divorces perannum, we are getting on for almost one in two marriages ending in divorce.

His first marriage, to heiress Catherine Mellon, ended in divorce , and he reportedly received a $ 7 million settlement.

game

Richard Holmes was something of an expert at the game , but he ended up as a down-and-out by the end.

Williams hit an arching shot from the wing, capping a game-ending 8-0 run.

It seems everyone is waiting for Strach to have 2 quiet games in order to start ending his career.

Tuesday night the Capitals' 12-\#game unbeaten streak ended with a 3-2 home loss to Chicago.

None of us had foretold that our games would end up on life-support systems in intensive care.

note

The craftsmen there hope their careers won't end on a sour note .

The evening ended on a strained note .

Yet it would be wrong to end on a sour note .

Your letter spoke of victory, and I hesitate to end on a note that is less than uplifting.

Clues in Brian's car did not end with the love note .

The film ends on an optimistic note .

To end on a happier note , I had a marvellous time in the robot business.

His report ended on a disquieting note .

story

He's thinking about how if his lover comes to live here, then that's not how the story will end .

But the tragic story does not end there.

The stories will not end today or tomorrow.

Her story without a proper ending had made me feel even worse.

The story has a happy ending , however.

We can only say a little about how that story ended .

He will not be paid for appearing at the Oxford Union, a visit Clifford arranged. Story can end here.

tear

There was none but yourself to blame if it ended in tears .

The interview ended with near tears .

It might be thrilling at first, but it will probably end in pain and tears .

But the pessimists put forward three arguments to explain why it will all end in tears .

The slap-and-tickle ended in tears .

They looked both sly and exhilarated, as though they were off to some party that would end in tears .

The earlier the better; it would end in tears .

And the tenure of conductors, as of managers, can end in tears for reasons that seem incomprehensible to outsiders.

war

I feel angry because I know even this war will eventually end .

Three years of war followed, ended by a truce.

When the war ended he studied at Tbilisi University then returned to Moscow and worked as a journalist.

Support for the war did not end the Baptist battle.

A Jesuit priest, Father Jon Cortina, started the search for missing children when the war ended in 1992.

In the seven years since the Cold War ended , 18 have been slain.

People really began to expect the war to end in August, or at the latest in September.

But then, suddenly, the Cold War ended .

week

And one week after the sessions ended , some of that improvement persisted.

In the week ended Jan. 10, investors plowed $ 1. 135 billion into international funds.

The rate was the lowest since 7. 64 percent in the week ended Dec. 27.

It was the best week for bonds since the week ended Dec. 1.

The following is a listing of securities called for partial or complete redemption during the week ended Dec. 29, 1995.

year

As the fiscal year ended , the company was just breaking even.

Next year he ends the chase in which he tries to get the free-range hens.

Old pal Morgan Stanley also did well in the fourth quarter of its fiscal year , which ended Nov. 30.

Many firms choose accounting years ending shortly after 6 April for this reason.

The majority of financial years specified ended on 31 March 1991.

Revenue more than doubled for the year ended Oct. 29 and earnings from continuing operations rose substantially, he notes.

■ VERB

begin

How do we determine exactly where a word should begin and end if hypotheses on either side are incorrect?

Wilson and congressional conservatives began their campaign to end it.

It was a fairly uneventful life, seeming to begin and end in that one small harbour town.

It is imperative that we begin to end this harmful system of separation.

That's how it begins but it ends in maimed bodies, chopped limbs, blood spurting like fountains.

Its plot began with Adam and ended with Northampton.

If we define the modern in this way, the postmodern begins wherever foundationalist certainty ends .

Leadville was said to have one month of summer, but no one would say when it began or ended .

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a means to an end

Technology is not a magic wand, but only a means to an end.

Admittedly, policy is important: but it is only a means to an end.

All in all, everything I did was a means to an end -- my own.

Don't think of computers as a daunting modern technology; they're only a means to an end.

Protection is vital: but as a means to an end, not as an end in itself.

Showbiz was a means to an end.

The separation into sequential categories of response is merely a means to an end.

The young man was merely a means to an end and, in both cases, that end had now been served.

These should be viewed as a means to an end, rather than as ends in themselves.

all's well that ends well

be at a loose end

After her husband died, Mildred found herself suddenly at loose ends.

I felt rather at a loose end at the end of the term so I decided to take a trip to London.

Bert, Alice was pleased to see, missed Jasper, tended to be at a loose end.

He was at a loose end.

One's best friend's cousin's daughter might well be at a loose end after leaving art college.

Rhoda had died a year or two ago, and we had heard that Ralph was at loose ends.

So, through no fault of my own, I was at a loose end quite a bit.

They'd be at a loose end when it was over, which would be the time to approach them.

be at the end of your tether

I had no money, my husband was sick, and I couldn't get a job. I was at the end of my tether .

be at your wits' end

I'm at my wits' end trying to fix this computer.

I don't know what I can do to keep our marriage together -- I'm at my wits' end!

It was two days before the baby was due, and Robert was at his wit's end.

be at/near etc the end of your rope

be on the sharp end (of sth)

come to/meet a sticky end

I can't help but think that it's an unfortunate custom to name children after people who come to sticky ends.

dead-end job

either side/end/hand etc

A pipe-freezing kit makes two plugs of ice either side of the joint so that you can cut through the pipes.

A trained work elephant then moved up on either side, rather like tugs docking a ship.

Fry bacon, turning until brown and crisp, about 2-3 minutes either side.

On either side of each barrier it leaves similar pockets of high and low cloud cover, of arid and lush terrain.

On either side of the road are groves of guava trees.

The guns chattered out either side of our Huey.

The hall takes up the central bay through the two storeys; the dining- and drawing-rooms are on either side.

White dunes made walls on either side of them.

end of story

Another good restaurant bites the dust -- end of story , right?

Mark a ballot, lick a stamp: end of story .

The fish will get their wheatgerm this autumn, end of story .

end/finish/begin etc (sth) on a high note

extreme west/end/left etc

But the extreme ends of the continent seem afflicted with retro-chic shallowness when it comes to cocktails.

Developing your film To get your film developed you need to go to the extreme left of the upper level.

Evictions are the extreme end of the bailiff's duties.

Moving down to the extreme left he was discovered by the enemy, and a full battery opened upon him.

Passage is possible through the branches on the extreme left.

Roots and leafless bushes stuck up wildly at the extreme end of the strip.

So why was she tempted to invent such an extreme ending?

The extreme left doors date from 1948, the work of Arrigo Menerbi, showing the tribulations of early Christians.

get (hold of) the wrong end of the stick

get the wrong end of the stick

Maybe I got the wrong end of the stick. I thought she was leaving him, not the other way round.

go off at the deep end

it'll (all) end in tears

jump/be thrown in at the deep end

light at the end of the tunnel

After a year of declining profits, there's finally a light at the end of the tunnel.

After all the problems we've had we're finally beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel.

For Jane there is some light at the end of the tunnel, but many anorexia sufferers continue to suffer in silence.

loose ends

But when the loose ends begin to jell, Smith is back on track with an interesting story.

He could not tell whether they were broken ends, or perhaps the loose ends from underwater knots that had come undone.

It certainly seemed as though he was tying up all the loose ends of his life.

Joey Bonanza doesn't like loose ends.

Nothing remained but to tie up the loose ends of the dispute.

The many loose ends and unanswered questions continue to prolong their suffering.

There were still loose ends in her working week so her sister Sarah took it upon herself to tie them up.

Unlike real life, the classic mystery has no loose ends.

make sb's hair stand on end

The thought of a lawsuit was enough to make his hair stand on end.

He was so close to her, his arms brushing lightly against hers, making her hairs stand on end.

I've been hearing rumours about his methods of taming his crew ... things to make your hair stand on end.

Some of the stories people had told me in that room would make your hair stand on end.

Yet here he was expecting to play a part that would make her hair stand on end.

merciful death/end/release

With the Giants leading 28-7, half-time came as a merciful relief.

And Elinor was just going to have to wait for her merciful release.

Death had been a merciful release for him.

These were the alternatives to a quick, merciful death.

Those animals put down had a merciful release.

storybook ending/romance etc

Well, so much for a storybook ending.

the East End

the West End

the beginning of the end

Mandela's release was the beginning of the end of apartheid.

Can this be the beginning of the end for vastly over priced computer training courses?

His death was the beginning of the end, the ultimate cause, as Rex sees it, of his own injuries.

In retrospect it is clear to me that my arrival at Salomon marked the beginning of the end of that hallowed institution.

It was the beginning of the end.

One seat: Was it the beginning of the end?

That, according to a 150-page draft report, was the beginning of the end.

The failure of those protests was the beginning of the end of a postwar dream of social transformation through political means.

Would this be the beginning of the end of the regime?

the business end (of sth)

the business end of a gun

But it was at the business end where the main difference lay.

Her hair, left to its own devices to dry, looked like the business end of a witch's broom.

the far side/end/corner etc

At the far end of the house, where her voice had faded, he heard a faucet going on.

Getting into the precarious cable car, the ebullient engineer had himself hauled to the far side and back again.

He caught a last glimpse of a grey Mercedes on the far side of the central barrier railings.

Just then, he saw some one walk out of the trees which bordered the far side of the pasture.

The Ocean-Warming Piglet Long ago, on the far side of our planet, there lived a farmer named Li-pin.

The one bed that was occupied was at the far end of the ward.

The young man at the far end of the loom glanced at Maggie, and for an instant their eyes locked.

There was a barn at the far end of the hay meadow, away from the house and the other barns.

the pot of gold (at the end of the rainbow)

the tail end of sth

At the tail end of the nineteenth century, the Viennese politician Karl Lueger founded his power base on an anti-semitic platform.

But this is the tail end of a really big set of stories about royal marriages.

Chapter 5 Saturday morning dawned late for me, and I just caught the tail end of Sport on Four.

I did catch the tail end of them in my youth.

I tie my next colour on to the tail end of the first yarn and pull it straight through.

It had been a bumpy ride, through the tail end of a thunderstorm.

It was the tail end of the season and there was no time for a full-scale tour.

They burst out into the tail end of the night.

the thin end of the wedge

to the bitter end

Campaigners vowed to carry on the struggle to the bitter end.

Despite his injury, Johnson carried on playing on to the bitter end.

But a promise is a promise and we have to pursue this thing to the bitter end.

Do I intend to campaign to the bitter end?

He at least was ready to slug it out to the bitter end.

He would fight my case to the bitter end, he vowed.

Hereford left it to the bitter end to secure their 1-1 draw.

I stayed to the bitter end.

Master Yehudi always won, and he went on winning to the bitter end.

They vowed to fight to the bitter end to stop it.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

A knee injury ended Brotherton's basketball season.

How does the story end ?

Janet's party didn't end until 4 o'clock in the morning.

Our relationship just isn't working. I've decided to end it.

The affair ended after it was made public by the newspapers.

The conference ends on Saturday.

The evening ended cordially with handshakes all round.

The school year ends in June.

Their marriage finally ended in divorce three years later.

Winter was finally ending, and the first flowers of spring had begun to appear.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

A high proportion of trials which begin will end in settlement rather than judgment.

As the drought intensified, Mulholland begged the city fathers to end their abject deification of growth.

But the problem with this approach is that it ends up becoming an end in itself.

Chasing and racing is fun for a time but you end up yearning for something different.

How did these two offenders end up together?

Nevertheless Murphy should end up comfortably a millionaire once the earn-out is complete next year.

Sadly, these dedicated servants end up standing in the blazing sun, a routine broken only by the occasional soaking rainstorm.

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