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!
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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