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Definition of fag end noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    fag end

     noun
    noun
    BrE
     
    ; NAmE
     
    (British English, informal)
     
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  1. 1[countable] the last part of a cigarette that is left after it has been smoked The floor was littered with fag ends.
  2. 2[singular] the fag end of something the last part of something, especially when it is less important or interesting I only caught the fag end of their conversation. the fag end of England’s industrial heyday
  3. Word Origin early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘remnant’): from 15th-cent. fag ‘a flap’, of unknown origin. The current sense dates from the early 20th cent.