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be-all and end-all

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n be-all and end-all the essential factor; the all-important element; the supreme aim "profit is the be-all and end-all of business"
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Quotations

  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It was once said that if you took all of the people who fell asleep in church and laid them end to end they would be more comfortable.”
  • T. S. Eliot
    T.%20S.%20Eliot
    “We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started... and know the place for the first time.”
  • Harold J. Seymour
    Harold J. Seymour
    “When the leadership is right and the time is right, the people can always be counted upon to follow -- to the end at all costs.”
  • John Updike
    John%20Updike
    “That a marriage ends is less than ideal; but all things end under heaven, and if temporality is held to be invalidating, then nothing real succeeds.”

Idioms

The be all and end all - The phrase 'The be all and end all' means that a something is the final, or ultimate outcome or result of a situation or event.
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Usage

In literature:

But all should not be over, and the days of agony should soon be at an end.
"The Claverings" by Anthony Trollope
That will be an end to all the Texans, and we will go back to the warm south.
"The Texan Scouts" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Be guided by me, and all comes right in the end and in the meantime we share the spoils.
"The Honorable Miss" by L. T. Meade
Every energy of earth, air, water, and the far-off sun work into his plans as if they had no other end in all their being.
"Among the Forces" by Henry White Warren
All Paris appeared to be on the Boulevards, and looking as if the great end of this life was enjoyment.
"Three Years in Europe" by William Wells Brown
Be glory and thanks To Him without end from all His creatures.
"Elene; Judith; Athelstan, or the Fight at Brunanburh; Byrhtnoth, or the Fight at Maldon; and the Dream of the Rood" by Anonymous
In the morning she would go off; there would be an end to it all, and they would never see each other again.
"His Masterpiece" by Emile Zola
For that end, the laws and customs ought all to be favourable to economy, the source of capital.
"Essays on Political Economy" by Frederic Bastiat
Of all school-method, this we conceive to be the true end and consummation.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. I, No. VI, June, 1862" by Various
And ye shall be hated of all men, for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved.
"His Life" by William E. Barton, Theodore G. Soares, Sydney Strong
Death will be kind, and all my sorrows end.
"The Works of John Dryden, Volume 5 (of 18)" by John Dryden
But that is all over now; and this thing has to be seen through to the end now.
"Prince Fortunatus" by William Black
All ammunition packing-boxes, shell-bags, and metal cases are to be preserved, and returned into store at the end of the cruise.
"Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy." by Bureau of Ordnance, USN
And is this to be the end of it all?
"A Little Rebel" by Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
But Scripture saith, an ending to all fine things must be; So the King's ships sailed on Aves, and quite put down were we.
"Lyra Heroica" by Various
Well, do you think you could get all your end-jobs cleared up here and be ready to leave by 0800 Tuesday?
"Ullr Uprising" by Henry Beam Piper
But it would come out all right in the end, if I would only be patient and wait.
"Branded" by Francis Lynde
I kept going, I thought at the end of it you'd be here and it would all be over.
"The Colors of Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Democracy therefore must be worked for, and to that end there must be a union of all types of reformers.
"The Psychology of Nations" by G.E. Partridge
And thus she must needs be unhappy; and what would be the end of it all?
"A Hungarian Nabob" by Maurus Jókai
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In poetry:

And if every imperfect mind
Make love the end of knowledge here,
How perfect will our love be, where
All imperfection is refined!
"An Ode Upon a Question Moved, Whether Love Should Continue Forever" by Lord Edward Herbert of Cherbury
Three cheers for all red ribbon men,
And also those that is their friend;
God will be with you to the end,
He's ever on the right.
"Red Ribbon" by Julia A Moore
‘Stepping westward,’ all that be,
Body and soul, by land or sea,
Follow still the westering sun;
That must end which has begun.
"Age" by William Bell Scott
"But He who said 'Go preach the gospel,'
All powerful is, to aid, defend;
'Lo I am with you always,' said he,
'And will be even to the end.'
"To My Missionary Friends" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
Yet Napier nam'd the very year,
When th' end of all things shou'd appear ;
And said it shou'd (so sure was he)
One thousand seven hundred, be.
"Concerning The End Of The World" by Rees Prichard
Ever confessing Thee, I will raise
Unto Thee blessing, glory and praise:
All my endeavor, world without end,
Thine to be ever, Savior and Friend!
"Rest of the Weary" by John Samuel Bewley Monsell

In news:

But by the end of March, thanks to a law signed yesterday by Mayor Michael R Bloomberg, smoking will be banned in almost all bars and restaurants in New York City.
Eight years ago, if you told me I would be living out in Greenville with my husband and kids, that my mom would end up marrying our next door neighbor, that my husband would eventually take up hunting (of all things.
It's the end of a brutal summer and you would think that every plant would be all bloomed out or unable to flower, even if now is its usual time to do so.
But carpentry isn't the be-all and end-all when it comes to home improvement.
The rails already in place have changed the look of the park, and all of them are expected to be in place by the end of December, park officials say.
He added that the agreement "should be accepted with the greatest respect by all Nicaraguans, so we can end this cruel war once and for all".
Football can be a extremely violent game and all who play at the pro level know they are one play away from a possibly career ending injury.
Rockwall, Texas Yes, just keep in mind that vitamin A is not the be-all and end-all for immunity.
Although a winner will be crowned at the end of the day, the competition doesn't end there, and that's the reason why Baton Rouge could see many competitors from all over Texas heading here to participate.
When it comes to antidepressants, whatever the personal reason, many experts agree that medication is not the be-all and end-all.
All eyes will be on defensive ends Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry when the Eagles defense takes the field on Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys.
What was supposed to be an All star game between teams from Texas and Florida ended up being one big headache for the organizers and a new year's day disappointment for many young football players.
We are all familiar with the first dam at the end of Kingdom Dam Road and the fact that it is deteriorating and needs to be replaced.
On Monday, November 5th, the President and First Lady will end their last campaign in the state where it all began four years ago, and will be joined by Bruce Springsteen.
And all indications are the divorce will be handled behind closed doors, with little financial disclosure that ends up in the public record.
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In science:

Since the hoops βi can be obtained as compositions of edges ej, S is a subgroup of the group HomL [x0, x0 ] of all arrows of L that start and end at x0 .
A groupoid approach to spaces of generalized connections
If τ becomes unstable, the tail a must be incident to an end vertex v of τ, and all other tails at this vertex must be black.
Moduli stacks $\bar{L}_{g,S}$
Let P X denote the space of all continuous paths γ : [0, 1] → X, equipped with the compact-open topology, and let π : P X → X × X be the map assigning the end points to a path: π(γ ) = (γ (0), γ (1)).
Topological robotics: motion planning in projective spaces
However, since neutrinos are almost maximally mixed a chemical potential in one flavour can be shared with other flavours, and the end result is that during BBN all three flavours have almost equal chemical potential.
Cosmological neutrinos
In fact, more than 5% of all baryons must be processed into Pop III stars and, to avoid excessive metal pollution, they should end up in IMBHs with steep UV/X-ray spectra (not to overproduce the present-day soft X-ray background).
The First Cosmic Structures and their Effects
What is happened with the SSO after that, as a storm is ended? A part of its immerses on some depth and it will be not prove themselves nothing before the next storm, which will be able to extract its on the OS. Another part of its and in first of all the HFC will insignificantly to tower above the OS.
Skeletal Structures of the Ocean, Hypotheses and Interpretation of the Phenomenon
In other words, in the augmented model, when the strategy ends all patterns y ∈ Y must have been covered by at least one test which has been performed and returned 0 (again, it may be one of the perfect, artificial tests representing postprocessing).
Hierarchical testing designs for pattern recognition
It can be shown [34, 43], that all the metrics of this family have the same qualitative structure as the particular metric that we studied; in particular they have no horizons, and they end in smooth ‘caps’ near r = 0.
The quantum structure of black holes
The reason is that every cluster of 1’s must contain an even number of particles (otherwise the IS would not be all 0’s), and hence a cluster can be labeled as DEDEDEDE, with a D at the start and E at the end.
Directed diffusion of reconstituting dimers
The mechanical precision of wires averaged over all detectors was determined to be 170 µm (r.m.s.) by measuring the coordinates of the wires at all spacer and end-plug positions with a triple stereo imaging X-ray scanner .
The COMPASS Experiment at CERN
Despite all this, the end result will not be continuum-based, thanks to parts 3 and 4.
Causal set as a discretized phase spacetime
If this were the end of story, all the primordial density perturbations would be determined by this two-point function and they are Gaussian.
Primordial Non-Gaussianities from Inflation Models
In general AEB is supposed to be hidden from the users of Cp and for all end users served by those users as well.
Informal Control code logic
These sources all lie at the lower end of the ULX luminosity regime, and could be explained by Kerr MsBHs in the thermal state.
Ultraluminous X-ray Sources in the Chandra and XMM-Newton Era
Moreover, it is usually unclear which CLVs from the negative end of the spectrum can be safely omitted without distortion of the result, and the most reliable way is to compute them all.
Fast numerical test of hyperbolic chaos
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