some loose ends

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

*some loose ends

Fig. some things that are not yet finished; some problems not yet solved. (*Typically: are ~; have ~; leave~; tie ~ up; take care of ~.) I have to stay in town this weekend and tie up some loose ends.
See also: end, loose
References in classic literature ?
"I expect we've all left some loose ends stickin' out," said Lord John.
Akers swiftly replied on the same day, telling the police he was just tying up some loose ends.
The last episode seemed to be a tie up of some loose ends. Undoubtedly the audience wanted a very powerful ending which the script definitely required.
Lowry says some loose ends need to be tidied up before the transaction is finalized.
The book concludes by tying some loose ends of the analysis to seemingly contradictory generalizations in which Italian history abounds.
It can be satisfying when two conundrums fit together -- they may just form one big puzzle, but at least some loose ends have been tied together.
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