loose end

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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).
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loose end

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