Loose-end meaning

A minor unresolved problem or difficulty, especially a final detail preceding the completion of something.

The loose ends of the movie's plot are resolved in its sequel.

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The end of a rope that has not been fastened.
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(idiomatic, by extension) A small job that needs to be done, or minor problem that needs to be resolved, before a task can be considered complete.
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at loose ends
  • Without a clear purpose or regular occupation; unsettled in one's affairs:
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