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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]
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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.
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By the time I had arrived at the end of the road I had become completely absorbed in my own fanciful visions of Limmeridge House, of Mr.
On the chance of kissing her a second time he travelled down to Herne Hill with her, and at the end of the road in which she lived he asked her:
If this road goes in, it must come out," said the Scarecrow, "and as the Emerald City is at the other end of the road, we must go wherever it leads us.
If Emily's eyes could have followed Alban as her thoughts were following him, she would have seen him stop before he reached the end of the road in which the cottage stood.
At the extremity of the wood D'Artagnan perceived the road that had been described to him, and at the end of the road he saw the towers of an immense feudal castle.
Besides, there was the little row of houses visible at the further end of the road.
A taxicab was waiting at the end of the road, so I sprang into it and drove down to the office.
Oldacre is a bachelor, fifty-two years of age, and lives in Deep Dene House, at the Sydenham end of the road of that name.
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safety of children walking along the school road build up of water in the drains during the wet season making the drains unsafe and creating flooding over the road - drains being unsafe for childrenPart A of the road work is a joint project with the Dept of Education *install speed humps either ends of the road, install school signs and speed signs *install bollards along the school fence side of the road to create a defined walking path for the children - there is no defined walking path on Wudanbaiya road Part B Clean out the drain on the east end of the road - this is a large drain area that builds up very quickly with foliage - either side of the drain to be widened, remove all foliage and install a removable grate either entrance of the concrete drain *clean out the drain.
There is no room in the designated car park and in desperation to get to their hospital appointment, parents park at the top end of the road, where residents' parking permits only apply.
Even greater congestion will result when everyone converges on the lower end of the road where the tip is planned.