end of the line

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end of the line (plural ends of the line or ends of the lines)

  1. The termination point of a railway or similar transportation system.
    • 1898, Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton, chapter 26, in The Californians:
      Sometimes she took the cable car to the end of the line, then walked to the Presidio.
  2. (idiomatic) Final cessation or discontinuance of a process, institution, or person, especially one which has existed for a considerable period of time; death.