loose end

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work that is left incomplete

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It seemed to him impossible that people could resist the temptation of fastening the loose end to a staple in the wall while they went for the nearest police official.
When all had been thus fastened to the rope one of the warriors commenced to pull and tug at the loose end as though attempting to drag the headless company toward the tower, while the other went among them with a long, light whip with which he flicked them upon the naked skin.
It was his idea that I was at a loose end, and that he would do me a good turn by offering me a clerkship in a drygoods store."
One night he slid down from the post and slipped in between the elephants and threw up the loose end of a rope, which had dropped, to a driver who was trying to get a purchase on the leg of a kicking young calf (calves always give more trouble than full-grown animals).
She has made the loose end of the chain fast to some place under the rocks, known only to herself.
The Scarecrow arrived with a coil of clothes-lines and ropes which he had taken from the courtyard, and in his trip up the stairs he had become so entangled in the loose ends of the ropes that both he and his burden tumbled in a heap upon the roof and might have rolled off if Tip had not rescued him.
HAVING given the catastrophe at the Fort of Astoria, it remains now but to gather up a few loose ends of this widely excursive narrative and conclude.
I was endeavouring to gather the loose ends of many thoughts and memories which flitted elusively through my tired and overwrought brain.
"I expect we've all left some loose ends stickin' out," said Lord John.
The loose ends of the string extending to some length beyond the twisted parts, were neatly coiled away against the skirting-board.
Higginson's congratulatory eloquence, this appeared to be the one thing which Colonel Pyncheon, provident and sagacious as he was, had allowed to go at loose ends. So far as the prospective territory was concerned, he unquestionably died too soon.
He wore a grey flannel shirt, the loose ends of a black silk tie hung down the buttoned breast of his serge coat; and his head resting on the back of his chair, his throat largely exposed, he raised to his lips a cigarette in a long wooden tube, puffing jets of smoke straight up at the ceiling.
Johnny Marr, two years after leaving The Smiths, teamed up with Bernard Sumner, at a loose end following the success of New Order's classic Technique album.
Kirklees magistrates heard that the 23-year-old had a drink problem and was prone to "mischief" when at a loose end.