the fag-end of (something)

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the fag-end of (something)

The last and worst, worn-out, or worthless part of something, often a period of time. In this phrase, "fag" originates from a word for the frayed end of a rope of piece of cloth. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. It's the fag-end of the semester, so the students are done with their tests and uninterested in learning anything new.
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They say that this is only the fag-end of the storm that we are getting here, and that it's been raging for nearly twenty-four hours on the east coast.
He occasionally made an attempt to smarten himself, and hum the fag-end of a tune; but his relapses into profound melancholy were only made the more impressive by the mockery of a hat exceedingly on one side, and a shirt-collar pulled up to his eyes.
He was out of his mind; completely and for ever mad, with this sudden shock coming upon the fag-end of his endurance.
It has been brought to the notice of the government that the departments have the tendency of indulging in bulk purchases at the fag-end of the financial year in order to incur expenditure of unspent budgetary provisions allotted for the given financial year," the memorandum has said.
Mumbai: In a choppy trade at the fag-end of the session, the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex on Tuesday gave up initial dominance and even extended its losses for the fifth straight session, declining by 30 points to end at 28,161.
ANYTHING above 10,000 for a meaningless kickabout against Norway at the fag-end of summer is pretty remarkable if you ask me.
It's run at the fag-end of the Flat season when no one's interested any longer in racing; it's held at Doncaster, which is to glamour what I am to glamour; and at 1m 6f it's at a distance no one wants to run, particularly fat birds.
A stressful tournament finale is the last thing a man needs, though, when attempting to wind down at the fag-end of another action-packed weekend.
We stand at the fag-end of an ancient tradition of puffing with pride.
Instead, on Saturday, we had The Proms on BBC1 and BBC2, a new series of You've Been Framed on Scottish and Grampian, and some token-gesture mentions of Stein at the fag-end of the evening news bulletins.
How fitting that the final image at the fag-end of this fagged- out, sleaze-ridden Government is of greedy Tory MPs grabbing brown envelopes full of pounds 50 notes and stuffing them into their back pockets.
Hunter concludes this chapter where he began, with a long passage from Malcolm Muggeridge's 1977 address, a very moving meditation of an old man nearing death on being a participant in God's creation even at the fag-end of life, on how we shut ourselves off from the wonderful light that awaits us, on the folly of hubris and the need for abandonment to God's purpose for men.
However, it recovered at the fag-end of the week to a four-week high of 62.
Ghana were just minutes away from this historic feat before Luis Suarez handled on the goal line in the fag-end of normal time, which saw Asamoah Gyan miss the resulting penalty.
On Saturday night, as I savoured my last legal cigarettes in the boozer, it dawned on this smoker that he is looking at the fag-end of his career.