to clean up loose ends

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - clean up loose ends

"to clean up loose ends"

to complete the last few minor details of a project, assignment or report such that the task is completely finished


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - clean up loose ends

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Are you ready to close the deal on that new account?

Colleague 2:  We've agreed to all the major details.  We just need to make sure both sides are clear on delivery times and volume discounts but we are essentially finished.

Colleague 1:  Great.  Clean up those loose ends and then get the deal signed.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - clean up loose ends

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I've heard that there are only three episodes left before your favorite TV show is finished forever.

Friend 2:  I'm really looking forward to how the writers will resolve a few of the small details of the plot line.

Friend 1:  Are there a few loose ends to clean up?

Friend 2:  Definitely a few questions need to be answered before the story is complete.

to clean up loose ends - Usage:


to clean up loose ends - Gerund Form:

Cleaning up loose ends is necessary to really call a project finished.

to clean up loose ends - Examples:

1)  ... easy to lose yourself in the excitement, but you'll need to clean up loose ends and prepare yourself for one what will be one of the most stressful experiences ...

2)  Email those that I can in PNG to clean up loose ends, say thank yous and express the joy of being in their country.

3)  When the zombies approach, the now-intoxicated friends try to clean up loose ends before having their brains devoured.

4)  ... one thing to be done before the world ended, it was to clean up loose ends.

5)  ... sorting out some IT stuff with this site and still trying to clean up loose ends from the break-in.

6)  Rex has been working late trying to clean up loose ends but eventually came home.

7)  I never wanted to leave, but had to come home and clean up loose ends like rent out house and sell off stuff I will not need in Thailand.

8)  ... re-shoots are taking place on some big upcoming movies as filmmakers try to clean up loose ends and find some structure in their summer event movies.

9)  This is your last week to clean up loose ends. Check to make sure you haven't overlooked anything.

10)  Many, many suicides settle their affairs, clean up loose ends, provide for their families ...

11)  ... to pack up the house onto moving trucks. It is also about cleaning up loose ends and saying goodbye to everyone around your area.

12)  I am in a process of cleaning up loose ends, completing things on my bucket list and trying to do those things ...

13)  ... to old age at what point do you decide, I better start cleaning up loose ends?

14)  ... the fifth is crucially important in cleaning up loose ends and offering closure on so much that happened earlier on.

15)  The piece closes with a sense of resolution, cleaning up loose ends, bringing things to a satisfying closure, answering important questions while still leaving ...

16)  The Australia Act then cleaned up loose ends concerning the independent existence of state ties to Britain.

17)  The series opener cleaned up loose ends from series one and introduced a bundle of fascinating new threads to tug on ...

18)  ... epilogue was quite satisfying, if not a bit unrealistic. The author cleaned up loose ends, though, and for that I applaud her.

19)  It's a time to clean up loose ends and finish the year strong so that the new year is all brand-spanking new ...

20)  As I packed up to leave Philadelphia, I decided to clean up loose ends, including Shon. I sent him a brief goodbye email, wishing him ...