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end sb. (some obs. or unusual phrases are given below; see also AN-END, LATTER END)
1. extremity, extreme part; “at the arm's end,” at arm's length AYL. II. vi. 10; “at the stave's end” Tw.N. V. i. 295.
2. pl. fragments Ado I. i. 298 “old ends,” R3 I. iii. 337 “odd old ends” (Qq “old odd ends”).
3. conclusion, close; “an ,” no more All'sW. II. ii. 69, Cor. V. iii. 171; “and there an ,” this shall be the end, no more Gent. I. iii. 65, R2 V. i. 69, Mac. III. iv. 80; “at an ,” concluded, exhausted LLL. V. ii. 431, 3H6 III. ii. 81; “for an ,” to cut the matter short Cor. II. i. 263; “have (an) ,” be finished, completed, concluded Lr. V. i. 45, Ant. I. ii. 99, Sonn. xcii. 6; so “drew toward ” (Ff) R3 III. vii. 20 (Qq1 2 4 “grew to an end”).
4. death, destruction; “be the end” (of a person) 2H4 IV. iv. 130, R3 II. i. 15; “take his end,” meet his death 2H6 I. iv. 36.
5. “to as much ,” to as much purpose H8 I. i. 171; “is the end of,” is at the ‘bottom’ of H8 II. i. 40.
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