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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I should have credit for this arrangement -- a far wiser one than that of La Fontaine and others, who reserve the impression to be conveyed until the last moment, and thus sneak it in at the fag end of their fables.
From out the most spare and hungry room in all this spare and hungry house there came, one morning, the tremulous tones of old Gride's voice, as it feebly chirruped forth the fag end of some forgotten song, of which the burden ran:
He walked to the fireplace and warmed himself, humming the fag end of a tune in a rich convivial bass voice.
Dawn learnt that arrangements were in progress for the operation of two mills of Channigoth and Jatoi and the owners have decided not to start the operation of third mill of Kot Samaba owing to the fag end of the sugarcane crushing season.
The PTI's dissident member, Ayesha Gulalai, at the fag end of the proceedings, wanted to speak on a point of order but the house was adjourned abruptly, after PTI's Dr Shireen Mazari pointed out lack of strength in the house.
But, all in all, this was a Budget confidently delivered by a Chancellor with few cards to play with and supposedly at the fag end of his Government career.
The Cabinet subcommittee formed to review the disputed decisions taken at the fag end of the former government's tenure is scrutinising the proposed power purchase agreement (PPA) between the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and a subsidiary, Reliance Energy Limited in Kochi.
The NFSA passed towards the fag end of UPA II was the dream project of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, who had taken personal interest in pushing the social welfare law.
PESHAWAR -- The Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan expressed concern over the launching of new development initiatives at the fag end of the financial year and making payments in hurry without observing the required quality and quantity and has directed the concerned authorities that payments should only be made where work had been executed on the ground according to approved quantitative and qualitative specifications.
Mumbai: The benchmark Sensex posted its first gain in 2014 with a modest rise of 36 points after a session that saw the index surrender part of its early gains at the fag end of trade.
Brad Haddid provided him with ample support at the fag end of the innings, scoring 55 runs.
CPI(M) leader Basudeb Acharia, however, said no purpose would be served by bringing a no-confidence motion towards the fag end of the government's term.
During the fag end of the last Labour lot, the Lib Dems accused zombie ministers of clinging on to red boxes instead of realising their time was up.
Coming at the fag end of the festive season, the CBSO worked hard to inject life into a more mature audience at its second Viennese New Year concert on Friday.
YOU know we're at the fag end of a government when ministers spend time debating whether to put Swiss cowbells on electric cars.