loose ends definition by Webster's New World
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final, relatively minor matters still to be taken care of
Origin: from the ends of a spliced rope
loose ends - Phrases/Idioms
Unfinished details, incomplete business. For example, We've not quite finished the project; there are still some loose ends. This expression alludes to the ends of a rope or cable that should be fastened. [Mid-1800s] Also see at loose ends.
at loose ends
Etymology: orig., naut., with reference to rope
- in an unsettled, disorganized, or confused condition
- without anything definite to do