be all and end all


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Related to be all and end all: look to, shy away from, at the outset, in view of, dropped off

be all and end all

or be-all and end-all  (bē′ôl′ ənd ĕnd′ôl′)
n.
The quintessential or all-important element: "Not that the more spectacular athleticism is the be all and end all of free skating. Spins ... and intricate step sequences are also important" (Howard Bass).
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Noun1.be all and end all - the essential factor; the all-important element; the supreme aim; "profit is the be-all and end-all of business"
component, element, factor, ingredient, constituent - an abstract part of something; "jealousy was a component of his character"; "two constituents of a musical composition are melody and harmony"; "the grammatical elements of a sentence"; "a key factor in her success"; "humor: an effective ingredient of a speech"