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loose end

n.
A minor unresolved problem or difficulty, especially a final detail preceding the completion of something: The loose ends of the movie's plot are resolved in its sequel.
Idiom:
at loose ends
Without a clear purpose or regular occupation; unsettled in one's affairs: "At loose ends with family gone ... I joined some clubs thinking to find companionship and enrich my life" (Ruth Daniels).

loose end

n
1. a detail that is left unsettled, unexplained, or incomplete
2. at a loose end without purpose or occupation

loose′ end′


n.
Usu., loose ends. an unsettled or unfinished detail.
Idioms:
at loose ends, in an uncertain or unsettled situation or position; without an occupation or plans.
[1540–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.loose end - work that is left incompleteloose end - work that is left incomplete  
work - activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"
Translations

loose end

ndettaglio in sospeso
to tie up loose ends (fig) → sistemare gli ultimi dettagli
to be at a loose end (Am) to be at loose ends (fig) → non saper cosa fare
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
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.
I've left my business hung up at loose ends between two oceans, and it's time to connect again.
It accounted for his feeling at a loose end whenever he was away from Elizabeth for as much as half an hour.
His first tribute to it, the great act of his conversion, was his extraordinary existence in the endless forests of the Okhotsk Province, with the loose end of the chain wound about his waist.
Twelve keen swords must strike simultaneously and with equal power, and each must sever completely and instantly three strands of heavy cable that no loose end fouling a block bring immediate disaster upon the Vanator.
In a minute the wool was stretched on his hands, and the loose end was ready for Mercy to wind.
I was in the strange position of possessing but two hundred gulden, of being at a loose end, of lacking both a post, the means of subsistence, a shred of hope, and any plans for the future, yet of caring nothing for these things.