end, the n.
1. the absolute limit that the speaker will tolerate, ‘the last straw’.
|‘The Vision’ in Chisholm (1951) 117: It’s bad nough to be a bloke without one reel close friend, / But when your dog givs you the bird it’s pretty near the end.|
|Life in a Putty Knife Factory (1948) 140: ‘This is the end,’ she said.|
|Diaries 12 Mar. 73: To Labour Exch. about unemployment. All quite disgusting. Purchased another 7 insurance stamps. The end.|
|City of Night 256: Carl’s not quite as butch as hes pretending to be. Hes really the end!|
|Dear ‘Herm’ 256: And those crazy addresses you go right on cooking up. They are the End!|
2. perfection, absolute excellence, the best possible.
|Revue 11: ‘I’ve got dozens of photographs of them. They’re the end! ‘Life savers?’ ‘Yes. I put them in an album’.|
|Neurotica Autumn 45: Senor this shit [i.e. narcotic] is the end! Come to back and trv. Senor .|
|Room to Swing 15: And your clothes—they’re the end. You’re really togged down.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 3: Nothin can touch the 47 Continental convertible. Theyre the end.|
|Dear ‘Herm’ 117: You are the living end!|
|Decadence in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 34: Fucking waiter pretending he’s the bloody end / just ’cause he had Charlie and Diana to dine.|
|(con. 1930s–60s) Guilty of Everything (1998) 273: The woman who ran the building thought Allen was just the end.|
|Indep. on Sun. 17 Mar. [Internet] It’s brittle toffee made with golden syrup, brown sugar [...] and bicarbonate of soda. I’m sorry to say that my children thought it was the end .|