not the be-all and end-all

(not) the be-all and end-all

(Not) the most important event or thing. My little sister thinks that a date with the captain of the football team is just the be-all and end-all of her life right now. Oh honey, I know you're disappointed, but failing the driver's license test is not the be-all and end-all. You'll just practice some more and then take it again.
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not the be-all and end-all

COMMON If something is not the be-all and end-all, it is not the only important thing in a particular situation. Results are not the be-all and end-all of education. My career is important, but it's not the be-all and end-all.
See also: and, not
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