the loose ends/threads

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loose ends

The aspects of something that are unresolved or unfinished. I just need to tie up a few loose ends before I put the house up for sale. My thesis is almost done—the only loose ends are formatting and proofreading. I have a few loose ends I want to address before I move out West.
See also: end, loose

loose ends

Unfinished details, incomplete business. For example, We've not quite finished the project; there are still some loose ends. This expression alludes to the ends of a rope or cable that should be fastened. [Mid-1800s] Also see at loose ends.
See also: end, loose

loose ends

COMMON If there are loose ends in a piece of work, there are small details or parts of it that have not been finished or dealt with yet. We have to make certain that as we move on to the next stage there are no loose ends. Note: People often talk about tying up loose ends to mean dealing with these details. There are still a few loose ends on the project to be tied up. Compare with at loose ends. Note: This expression may refer to the ropes on a sailing ship. The ends of the ropes had to be tightly bound to stop them fraying, and sailors were often given this job to do when there was nothing more urgent to be done.
See also: end, loose

the loose ˈends/ˈthreads

the minor details of something which have still not been dealt with or explained: We’ve almost finished the report. There are just a few loose ends to tie up and then it’ll be ready.It’s a very unsatisfactory detective story. You know who committed the murder, but there are far too many loose ends.
A loose end/thread is the end of a piece of string or thread that is not tied to anything else.
See also: end, loose, thread
References in classic literature ?
Vanstone cut off a loose thread in her work, and laughed outright.
Silence from Levandowski as a central figure in the trial "leaves open loose threads on all sides," and that invites speculation by the judge and jury, said Eric Goldman, a professor at Santa Clara University's law school.
Weave yourself platforms to scale hard-to-reach places, bend pipes to clear your route, and pull loose threads to unravel walls to uncover secret areas.
But there are loose threads, most notably the departure of Kyle Walker and the ongoing unease over Danny Rose.
She further elaborated that 'In the fragmented and dispersed production within the informal economy, Home-based workers in particular are generally given low-value and tedious tasks, such as cropping loose threads, basic stitching, beadwork, packing and labelling.
The stretched parts, loose threads, and other process marks make them look like they've EXPERIENCED something.
All of the stitches should be perfectly even, and there should be no loose threads or any other visual defects or imperfections.
There are no loose threads, awkward stitch lines or "there, that's good enough" workmanship.
Stitching should be perfectly even with no loose threads.
The ending raises more questions than it answers, but Sun's ability to throw twists and turns into the story right until the final pages means the reader may not be too concerned with loose threads.
Her latest novel Farandula is set in the theatre and showbiz world, and according to the author, has established connections with the loose threads in her previous novels.
Grab the scissors, snip across the knee and pull out a few loose threads for distressed chic.
Welles left a daunting number of loose threads across as many mediums and continents as he could find, but Callow has a suitably kitchen sink approach, sources of staggering breadth and detail revealing a brilliant, sad, divisive figure: a boyish genius in constant search of Hollywood's approval.
We'll have to enjoy Downton while it lasts as, by Christmas, all the loose threads, just like in Cousin Violet's corset, must be tied up.
A sequel is promised, however the slightly too neat ending does not leave many loose threads to be tied up.