on end

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on end

  1. (idiomatic) without interruption, without stopping, continuously
    These batteries last for hours on end.
  2. upright; erect; endways
    • 1843 Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, ch. 5, Twelfth Century
      How silent, on the other hand, lie all Cotton-trades and such like; not a steeple-chimney yet got on end from sea to sea!
    • 1913, D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, chapter 8
      When he was dried he struggled into his shirt. Then, ruddy and shiny, with hair on end, and his flannelette shirt hanging over his pit-trousers, he stood warming the garments he was going to put on.


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