Fag-end
Fag-end Fag"-end", n. 1. An end of poorer quality, or in a spoiled condition, as the coarser end of a web of cloth, the untwisted end of a rope, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. The refuse or meaner part of anything. [1913 Webster]

The fag-end of business. --Collier. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • fag end — fag ends also fag end 1) N COUNT A fag end is the last part of a cigarette, which people throw away when they have smoked the rest. [BRIT, INFORMAL] Syn: butt 2) N COUNT: usu sing, N of n If you refer to the fag end of something, you mean the… …   English dictionary

  • fag end — fag′ end′ n. 1) the last part or very end of something: the fag end of a rope[/ex] 2) tex the unfinished end of a piece of cloth 3) tex a remnant or scrap, esp. of cloth at the end of a bolt • Etymology: 1605–15; >ME fagge flap …   From formal English to slang

  • fag end — n BrE informal [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: fag loose part (15 18 centuries)] the end of a cigarette that someone has finished smoking …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fag end — fag ,end noun count BRITISH INFORMAL the part of a cigarette that is left when someone has finished smoking it the fag end of something the last and worst part of something …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • fag end — ► NOUN informal, chiefly Brit. 1) a cigarette end. 2) a useless remnant. ORIGIN from obsolete fag «a flap» …   English terms dictionary

  • fag end — n. [< ME fagge, broken thread] 1. a) the last part or coarse end of a piece of cloth b) the frayed, untwisted end of a rope 2. the last and worst part of anything; remnant …   English World dictionary

  • fag end — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms fag end : singular fag end plural fag ends British informal the part of a cigarette that is left when someone has finished smoking it • the fag end of something …   English dictionary

  • fag end — noun Brit. informal a cigarette end. ↘the last and least important part: the fag end of the cricket season. Origin C17: from C15 fag a flap , of unknown origin …   English new terms dictionary

  • fag end — noun 1. the time of the last part of something the fag end of this crisis ridden century the tail of the storm • Syn: ↑tail, ↑tail end • Hypernyms: ↑end, ↑ending 2. the frayed end of a …   Useful english dictionary

  • fag end — 1. the last part or very end of something: the fag end of a rope. 2. the unfinished end of a piece of cloth; remnant. [1605 15] * * * …   Universalium

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