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end up in the knacker's yard
To be in or enter a state of ruin or failure due to having become useless or obsolete. Refers to a slaughterhouse for old or injured horses. Once a booming industry before the age of the Internet, home video rental has largely ended up in the knacker's yard these days.
a good beginning makes a good ending
Being well-prepared and focused at the start of something often leads to success. Keeping in mind that a good beginning makes a good ending, I worked really hard on my outline before I began my research paper.
end in (something)
To culminate in something. Opening night ended in disaster when the lead actress forgot her lines. As usual, our family dinner ended in a big argument, and everyone went home angry.
end it (all)
To kill oneself. If they diagnose me with a terminal illness, I'd rather end it all now, instead of suffering. Poor Dave is just too intense about his schoolwork. He's ready to end it all if he gets a B+!
1. To reach some conclusion, state, or situation due to a particular course of action. Thanks to that traffic jam, I ended up being late to the meeting. Sara has always loved to read so I'm not surprised that she ended up an English major.
2. To take some course of action, perhaps reluctantly. Thanks to bad weather, we ended up by leaving our beach house ahead of schedule.
3. To conclude something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "end" and "up." Well, I'd say that big fight pretty much ends up our family dinner.
4. To reach a particular location, often unintentionally. We wanted to go to the beach on Saturday, but because traffic was so bad, we ended up at the mall instead. When my car's engine overheated, I ended up at the mechanic instead of my big job interview.
5. To be with someone, often by default. It seems that we've ended up with the most boring tour guide on the planet. He's seriously putting me to sleep.
end up (by) (doing something)
To take some course of action, perhaps reluctantly. Thanks to bad weather, we ended up by leaving our beach house ahead of schedule.
end up at (some place)
To reach a particular location, often unintentionally. We wanted to go to the beach on Saturday, but because traffic was so bad, we ended up at the mall instead. When my car's engine overheated, I ended up at the mechanic instead of my big job interview.
end with (something)
To conclude something with a particular action. Well, as usual, our family dinner ended with a big fight. I thought our teacher had forgotten to assign us homework, but no, she just ended class with it.
end it all
To kill oneself; to end one's life. I was in a dark place, ready to end it all, when I met a friend who helped get me back on my feet.
end something up
to terminate something; to bring something to an end. He ended his vacation up by going to the beach. She ended up her speech with a poem.
to come to an end. When will all this end up? I think that the party will have to end up about midnight.
(somewhere) and wind up (somewhere) to finish at a certain place. If you don't get straightened out, you'll end up in jail. I fell and hurt myself, and I wound up in the hospital.
( somewhere ) and wind up( somewhere ) to finish at a certain place. If you don't get straightened out, you'll end up in jail. I fell and hurt myself, and I wound up in the hospital.
Arrive at, result in, finish. For example, He thought he'd end up living in the city, or We don't know how Nancy will end up. [First half of 1900s] Also see wind up.
end it all
If someone ends it all, they kill themselves. Things got so bad, I even thought of ending it all. I desperately wanted to end it all, but I had a little boy who was totally dependent upon me.
1. To bring something to a close: The manager ended up the meeting by thanking us for all of our hard work.
2. To arrive somewhere, especially when not anticipated: We lost our way and ended up downtown. If you end up in our area tonight, feel free to drop in.
3. To arrive in some situation or condition as a result of a course of action: If you keep going outside in this weather without shoes, you'll end up catching a cold.
n. an automobile wreck where one car runs into the back of another. (see also fender-bender.) It wasn’t a bad accident, just a rear-ender. The rain caused a couple of “back-enders,” but there were no serious accidents.
end it all
To commit suicide.