a loose end

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - a loose end

"a loose end"

a small unresolved problem or difficulty, especially a final detail that needs to be finished in order for a larger project to be completely finished


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a loose end

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I'm not sure I liked that movie.

Friend 2:  I agree.  What happened to the main character's wife?  She went to the store about three-quarters of the way through the movie and we never saw her again.

Friend 1:  That is definitely a loose end.  Maybe the directors will include her fate in the sequel.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a loose end

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I think the report is ready.

Colleague 2:  Except that there is a loose end.

Colleague 1:  What is that?

Colleague 2:  We need to produce the report in multiple formats that it can be read on any device.

Colleague 1:  You're right. I only saved it in Word format. Guess I will take care of that one last task.

a loose end - Usage:


a loose end - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for a loose end.

a loose end - Examples:

1)  ... is really her table, or theirs. It's kind of murky. A loose end left hanging over from their separation and divorce.

2)  As a sign of loyalty to Nazir, Brody shoots dead Walker, a loose end from their original campaign.

3)  ... and did they get them off before it blew up? That was really a loose end and odd.

4)  ... which are generally expressed as differential equations for continuous variables, remains a loose end in Turing's argument.

5)  ... all the work you had to finish is genuinely finished. Don't let a loose end ruin your relaxation when you are away.

6)  That itch didn't come from a loose end in the original script.

7)  ... called back to dig into some more unexplained/conspiracy stuff - perhaps pick up on a loose end from a previous episode, then I'd go see a movie.

8)  And how are the gorgeous shoes? You left a loose end with that one!

9)  Anyone who spots a gap or a loose end in the map or who identifies a new option can add this to the ...

10)  Something in the film didn't make sense. A loose end that doesn't tidy itself away neatly.

11)  In this respect the fate of Jens Holk is not just a loose end, it lacks credibility.

12)  There was a loose end in Excession where the chronology went awry, ...

13)  ... pistol and then, once she's been offed, he's just at a loose end.

14)  ... other guy hinted at a possible murder of the Parkers, so was this a loose end in what was deleted from the final film?

15)  Roark and his 17-year-old girlfriend were killed because Aguigui felt the couple was "a loose end," Burnett said.

16)  The experimenters are now pursuing a loose end, a slightly unexpected observation: helium does not accumulate in the outer tube ...

17)  ... themselves as the central government over all of Vietnam, the VC would be a loose end.

18)  Clanton realizes that Appell is a loose end that needs to be taken care of.

19)  It seems that there is not a loose end that Apple didn't take into account during the production of these items.

20)  The report even takes care of tying up a loose end that has allowed some commentators to avoid the scientific literature.