Definition of fag end in English:

fag end

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noun

British informal
  • 1A cigarette end.
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    • He coughed and rested his fag end on the vintage Brylcream lid he used as an ashtray.
    • She curtsied on her way out, and dumped her fag end into Manny's fountain.
    • It annoys me when I see someone drop their fag end on the ground and they're standing right next to an ash tray which Surrey County Council recently installed on a load of lamp posts in Redhill.
  • 1.1The last part of something, especially when regarded as less important or interesting: the fag end of the Indian cricket season
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    • I could not watch the game all through but was lucky to be in front of TV in the fag end of the match.
    • The garden was set up at the fag end of last academic year.
    • Chewing On Glass is an album absolutely dripping in the soft, dewy sheen of midnight; the kind of music that you murmur to yourself at the fag end of parties and the quiet contemplation of dawn.

Origin

early 17th century (in the sense 'remnant'): from 15th-century fag 'a flap', of unknown origin. The current sense dates from the early 20th century.

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