fag end


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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.
Dawn learnt that arrangements were in progress for the operation of two mills of Channigoth and Jatoi and the owners have decided not to start the operation of third mill of Kot Samaba owing to the fag end of the sugarcane crushing season.
The PTI's dissident member, Ayesha Gulalai, at the fag end of the proceedings, wanted to speak on a point of order but the house was adjourned abruptly, after PTI's Dr Shireen Mazari pointed out lack of strength in the house.
However, it recovered some lost ground on short-covering towards the fag end and settled the day at 36,050.
But, all in all, this was a Budget confidently delivered by a Chancellor with few cards to play with and supposedly at the fag end of his Government career.
I HAVE just been reading about the woman who was fined for dropping a fag end.
You may not give a fag end whether crims are denied the odd snout.
Fag end dates back to the 17th century and was used to describe the end of a piece of rope or the unfinished end of a piece of cloth.
The Cabinet subcommittee formed to review the disputed decisions taken at the fag end of the former government's tenure is scrutinising the proposed power purchase agreement (PPA) between the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and a subsidiary, Reliance Energy Limited in Kochi.
We have seen people being fined for dropping a fag end when at the same time in the same area a "person" was letting its dog poo freely on the pavement.