Definition of on end in English:

on end

1Continuing without stopping for a specified period of time: sometimes they’ll be gone for days on end
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  • Sonic would keep me occupied for hours on end.
  • The Cochin Port Trust continued to maintain the steel structure for years on end.
  • Sometimes their legs are tied together for years on end in the misguided hope that this will heal them.
2In an upright position: he brushed his hair, leaving a tuft standing on end
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  • Linda's hair was messed up and Aaron's auburn hair was standing straight on end.
  • Oh, and needless to say, Ronnie Spector is a complete goddess whose voice can make the hairs on the back of one's neck stand on end.
  • The other kind of trailer is the one that knocks your socks off, stands your hair on end, sears the retina and leaves you gasping.
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