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fag end

n.
1. The frayed end of a length of cloth or rope.
2.
a. An inferior or worn-out remnant.
b. The last part: "the fag end of this crisis-ridden century" (Wallace Irwin, Jr.).

[Middle English fagge, fag, broken thread in cloth, something that hangs loose.]

fag end

n
1. the last and worst part, esp when it is of little use
2. informal Brit the stub of a cigarette
[C17: see fag2]

fag′ end′


n.
1. the last part or very end of something: the fag end of a rope.
2. the unfinished end of a piece of cloth.
3. a remnant or scrap, esp. of cloth at the end of a bolt.
[1605–15; >Middle English fagge flap]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fag end - the time of the last part of something; "the fag end of this crisis-ridden century"; "the tail of the storm"
end, ending - the point in time at which something ends; "the end of the year"; "the ending of warranty period"
2.fag end - the frayed end of a length of cloth or ropefag end - the frayed end of a length of cloth or rope
oddment, remnant, remainder, end - a piece of cloth that is left over after the rest has been used or sold
Translations

fag end

n (Brit)
(inf: = cigarette end) → Kippe f (inf), → Stummel m
(inf: = last part) → letztes Ende; the fag ends of old policiesdie kümmerlichen Reste der alten Politik

fag end

nfine f, sgoccioli mpl (Brit) (fam) (of cigarette) → mozzicone m, cicca
References in classic literature ?
I should have credit for this arrangement -- a far wiser one than that of La Fontaine and others, who reserve the impression to be conveyed until the last moment, and thus sneak it in at the fag end of their fables.
From out the most spare and hungry room in all this spare and hungry house there came, one morning, the tremulous tones of old Gride's voice, as it feebly chirruped forth the fag end of some forgotten song, of which the burden ran:
He walked to the fireplace and warmed himself, humming the fag end of a tune in a rich convivial bass voice.
What with all the talk about litter and fag ends, I never hear about the practice of dangerous glass bottles, being smashed on the pavements and roads, and I never see them being swept up.
I remember the dirty old socks and the fag ends, it was great" - Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood recalls the early days of the band.
I noticed people were smoking at the bus shelters and fresh fag ends were overflowing from the dustbins.
A: Fag Ends is a fantastic service paid for by Liverpool Public Health through the Roy Castle Centre.
Another trip into a Jim Cartwright-esque street of crushed dreams, fag ends and stale ale.
I am sick of standing at dirty bus stops beside overflowing litter bins amid the fag ends.
The sight of men and women in wheelchairs and dressing gowns stubbing out fag ends with their crutches within yards of the main entrance of Foresterhill is seedy and disgusting.
These people might be willing to clean up after you, picking up your cans and your filthy fag ends, but I'm sure they'd rather be doing something else with their time - like lying on a nice beach rather than cleaning it.
It just looks really rough with people who drink cans of cheap lager, fag ends on the floor and teen mums walking round like headless chickens.