loose end(redirected from was at loose ends)
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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.
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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1. a detail that is left unsettled, unexplained, or incomplete
2. at a loose end without purpose or occupation
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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.
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