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at loose endsIn an uncertain position or situation.Rate it:

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loose endsunresolved detailsRate it:

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loose endsLeftover items that have not been addressed or attended to.Rate it:

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tie up loose endsTo deal with the minor consequences of a previous action; to tidy up, finish, or complete.Rate it:

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the ends justify the meansAlternative form of the end justifies the means.Rate it:

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all's well that ends wellProblems do not matter if things turn out well in the end.Rate it:

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burn one's candle at both endsTo work extremely or excessively hard; to work too hard for good health or peace of mind.Rate it:

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can't make ends meetTto earn just enough money to avoid getting into debt.Rate it:

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go to the ends of the earthTo do everything possible to achieve something.Rate it:

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make ends meetTo have enough money to cover expenses; to get by financially; to get through the pay period (sufficient to meet the next payday).Rate it:

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odds and endsMiscellaneous things.Rate it:

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loose lipThe practice or characteristic of being overly talkative, especially with respect to inadvertently revealing information which is private or confidential.Rate it:

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all hell breaks looseVi A place or state of fury, turmoil, destruction, or chaos.Rate it:

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all hell broke looseA great disaster happened or chaos ensued.Rate it:

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cut one looseto fartRate it:

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cut someone looseTo let someone go from something, such as a position, relationship, or obligation.Rate it:

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have a screw looseA phrase meaning that the subject is insane or irrational.Rate it:

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let looseset freeRate it:

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loose cannonA cannon that breaks loose during battle or a storm and causes serious damage to the ship and its crew.Rate it:

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loose cannonAn uncontrolled or unpredictable person who causes damage to his own friends, faction, political party, etc.Rate it:

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loose changeCoins of little value kept in one's pocket or bag.Rate it:

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loose changeA sum of money considered small or insignificant.Rate it:

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loose endA small job that needs to be done, or minor problem that needs to be resolved, before a task can be considered complete.Rate it:

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loose endThe end of a rope that has not been fastened.Rate it:

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on the looseNot incarcerated or in captivity; not under control.Rate it:

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play fast and looseTo be recklessly inaccurate, inappropriate, or otherwise ignoring guidelines and conventions.Rate it:

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play fast and looseTo ignore proper behavior or social conventions, especially when it suits ones purpose.Rate it:

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turn looseTo roam freely or to act freely.Rate it:

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Athanasian wenchA sexually promiscuous or loose woman, willing to have sexual intercourse with "whoever wants to".Rate it:

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dead menThe ends of reefs left flapping instead of being tucked out of sight when a sail has been furled.Rate it:

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kick aroundTo wander loose; to float around; to hang around.Rate it:

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around the HornVia shipboard communications, formerly metal tubes with earhorn-like ends.Rate it:

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at largeOn the loose; roaming freely; not confined.Rate it:

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barrelA round vessel or cask, of greater length than breadth, and bulging in the middle, made of staves bound with hoops, and having flat ends or heads. Sometimes applied to a similar cylindrical container made of metal, usually called a drum.Rate it:

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bite i gressetTo loose.Rate it:

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busted flushAnything which ends up worthless despite great potential.Rate it:

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clear the decksTo remove, or fasten, all loose material, or partitions prior to a naval engagement.Rate it:

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deathblowSomething that prevents the completion, or ends the existence of some project etc.Rate it:

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drain the swamp when up to one's neck in alligators(idiomatic) When performing a long and complex task, and when you've gotten utterly immersed in secondary and tertiary unexpected tangential subtasks, it's easy to lose sight of the initial objective. This sort of distraction can be particularly problematic if the all-consuming subtask or sub-subtask is not, after all, particularly vital to the original, primary goal, but ends up sucking up time and resources (out of all proportion to its actual importance) only because it seems so urgent.Rate it:

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free reinLoose rein, as of a horse.Rate it:

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full circleThrough a rotation or revolution that ends at the starting point.Rate it:

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home runThe portion of a journey that ends at home.Rate it:

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jump ropeThe activity, game or exercise in which a person must jump, bounce or skip repeatedly while a length of rope is swung over and under, both ends held in the hands of the jumper, or alternately, held by two other participants. Often used for athletic training and among schoolchildren. Variations involve speed, chants, varied rope and jumper movement patterns, multiple jumpers and/or multiple ropes.Rate it:

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pretzelA toasted bread or cracker usually in the shape of a loose knot.Rate it:

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sexual congressLoose translation of the title of Aristophanes' play Ecclesiazousae, more literally translated as Assemblywomen.Rate it:

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skip ropeTo jump over a rope, both of whose ends are held by the jumper or by two others, while the rope is moved under the jumper's feet in a continual rhythm; to play the game of jump rope or exercise by jumping rope.Rate it:

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slip her cablesRelease, loose, disconnect mooring lines,cables securing a vessel to a harbor buoy.Rate it:

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tug of wara game or competition in which two teams pull or tug on opposite ends of a rope trying to force the other team over the line which initially marked the middle between the two teams.Rate it:

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