the end of the line


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the end of the line

1. The physical end of a route of travel, usually a bus or train route. This is the end of the line, folks, so everyone needs to get off the bus.
2. By extension, the conclusion or final step of something. Printing our report is the end of the line—now, we just have to hand it in and pray for a good grade! Regardless of how this championship series goes, I know this is the end of the line for me, after 16 years in the league.
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end of the line

Also, end of the road. The conclusion or final outcome. For example, The editorial pointed out that it was the end of the line for the President; he'd never be reelected , or It was obviously the end of the road for this television series. This idiom alludes to the point where a road or line stops. [c. 1900]
See also: end, line, of

the ˌend of the ˈroad/ˈline

the point where somebody/something cannot continue: The workers see the closure of the pit as the end of the line for mining in this area.It’s the end of the road for our relationship. We just can’t agree about anything any more.
See also: end, line, of, road
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If it's the end of the line for me, it's the end of the line for Edison Grove," he said.
There's nothing to see at the end of the line," he said.
Arguing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has failed to remedy a discriminatory transportation system, the Bus Riders Union is fighting to extend a 10-year consent decree, but MTA officials say they see the end of the line ahead.
The trains stop at the end of the line near Causey Arch viaduct, where visitors can meet Father Christmas in his grotto.
We're very satisfied with the automated tagging because we don't have to hire workers to stand at the end of the line slapping on labels.
If this is the end of the line for me,'' Hamblen said, ``it's been a terrific run.
Sooner or later they come to the end of the line and foreclosures jump.
At the end of the line, the boxes were sealed and placed on wooden pallets, ready for another volunteer with a forklift to transport to waiting trucks in the parking lot.
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THERE MAY NOT BE many of those old-style cafeterias like Ontra, Furr's and Clifton's around anymore, perhaps because when you got to the end of the line the tab was always much higher than you thought it would be.