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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.
Muddabir Shah, a Multan-based cotton expert, said keeping in view the higher unsold stocks of 552,000 bales in the fag-end of the season compared to 275,000 bales in the same period last year, the spinners and exporters were anticipating a decline in prices below Rs9,000.
Shares of pharma companies led by Lupin, Cipla, Dr Reddy's and Sun Pharma came under selling pressure towards the fag-end of session, falling by up to 4.23 percent.
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 28,161.72 on lack of any major trigger from overseas markets.
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.
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.
Some reports indicate ginners are holding back quality lint in order to get better prices at the fag-end of season.However, phutti (seed-cotton) prices were firm which indicated that there could be demand for cotton once the IMF-government negotiations over loan conclude.
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.