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Meaning of loose end

loose' end'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a part or piece left hanging, unattached, or unused: Remind me to tack down that loose end on the stairway carpet.
  2. an unsettled detail, as of a business matter: The arrangements have been made, except for a few loose ends.
  3. in an uncertain or unsettled situation or position: Ever since leaving the company, he's been at loose ends.
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