the living end


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the living end

The most exceptional, superlative, or extreme example of something. The phrase can be used both positively and negatively. When I was a teenager, I saw that band at least 20 times. I just thought they were the living end! If she is so mad at me that she won't come to my wedding, then that is the living end!
See also: end, living

living end

Fig. the absolute best [person]. We really like Ralph. He is the living end as far as his girlfriend is concerned.
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living end, the

The utmost in any situation, something quite extraordinary, as in When he threw the stereo out the window-well, that was the living end! or That performance was the living end. [Colloquial; late 1930s]
See also: living